Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Luke G. Erickson
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
February 2016
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Erickson will produce photographs of the Mississippi River for two exhibitions at community college art galleries in Anoka and Inver Hills that will examine the intersection of nature and culture and explore water quality and environmental issues. Lectures and gallery talks will accompany the exhibitions.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthropist.; Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
David Bowman: Photographer, full member, National Geographic Creative; Donald Clark: Professor of photography, Minnesota State University Moorhead; John Gregor: Photographer and photo educator; Ellen Kingsbury: Photographer; Laura Migliorino: Photographer, professor of art, Anoka Ramsey Community College; Jeffrey Millikan: Photographer, adjunct professor of photography, University of Minnesota; Vivienne Morgan: Photographer, adjunct professor at Bemidji State University; Margaret Ojala: Photographer and Professor of Art, St Olaf College.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The goal of my project is to make photographs and produce an exhibition to be shown at two public venues: the Anoka-Ramsey and Inver Hills Community College Art Galleries. The first outcome will be a success when I have made the photographs, printed and framed them and, ultimately, publicly exhibited them at the Anoka-Ramsey and Inver Hills Community College Art Galleries. 2: The second goal of my project is to use this exhibition opportunity to secure additional exhibitions of this work, which will promote sales of my work and help me gain gallery representation. The second outcome will be a success when exhibitions produce additional opportunities. This show will be ready for travel to additional venues in Minnesota, which would advance my career and promote sales of my work.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The artist was able to develop his artistic abilities by producing an exhibition of photographs that were exhibited at two public art galleries. This Minnesota artist, Luke Erickson, produced an exhibition and showed them publicly at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the Art Center of Saint Peter. ARCC featured an opening with artist tours with art students who showed up in droves. Anoka-Ramsey's gallery is located within sight of the Mississippi River so it was an appropriate subject for the college. The Art Center of Saint Peter provided the artist with a great opportunity to exhibit in a smaller community setting that was particularly appropriate given the subject matter as Saint Peter lies on the banks of the Minnesota River. 2: The actual outcome of this project is one that produced the desired result, more Minnesotans were able to engage with the work of Minnesota artists, in this case the work of artist Luke Erickson. 1. The artist's own experience at the two openings at each of the venues he exhibited, which produced robust crowds at each venue. 2. Anecdotal evidence in the form of a verbal report from Laura Migliorino, Anoka-Ramsey art department professor, who said that her students visited the galleries often and discussed the work often and at length. 3. Written evidence from Ann Rosenquist-Fee, Art Center of Saint Peter director, who wrote me that...your show got a great response from some very interested photographers, and from patrons in general. Thanks for letting us show it.

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Project Manager
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Organization Name
Luke G. Erickson
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