Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Kathleen A. McTavish AKA Kathy McTavish
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
McTavish will create, premiere, and document two multimedia shows, "Graffiti Angel" and "Holy Fool." Both pieces will premiere in Duluth, one at Zinema 2 and the other at Sacred Heart Music Center, in the fall of 2012.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., 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. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Andy Driscoll: Cohost of "TruthToTell" (KFAI), broadcast journalist, writer/commentator, political and public affairs specialist.; Kiera Faber: Visual artist, and member of Midwest Photographers Project.; Rick Hauser: Producer, director, and writer for television and media.; Amalia Nicholson: Media artist and educator.; Mark Rosenwinkel: Chair of the department of theater and dance, Concordia University. Lead teaching artist, Guthrie Theater summer theater camps. Actor, director, and playwright.; Norah Shap
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities. Minnesota artists are able to develop business skills needed to support their professional art work. More Minnesotans are able to engage in or with the work of Minnesota artists.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Along with the main two proposed events, “graffiti angel” and “holy fool” and their web galleries, I created a number of installations that explored material used in both of the final premiers. These included: A) a short film called “firebird / last dream” in collaboration with experimental vocalist / McKnight Composer Fellow Viv Corringham that was chosen for the Duluth Superior Film Festival (June 1, 2012) and the Flyway Film Festival (October 2012). B) The crucible triptych: “iowa 1,” “iowa 2,” and “I remember death, honey for keith haring,” which appeared at the Prøve Gallery in Duluth (August 10-24, 2012). C) The stillness triptych: “white stone / blue sky,” “graffiti angel / still bridge,” and “watches 4 sale: we were ribcages w/o watches” released online. D) various iterations using the infinite film generator that was created for the “graffiti angel” (these were called: “graffiti angel / blue,” “graffiti angel / birdland,” and “graffiti angel / night rain). E) an installation version of the cinematic work called “graffiti angel / infinity part 1” that was shown at the Ochre Ghost Gallery in Duluth (September 9-21, 2012). To evaluate the success of these achievements, at each performance, installation opening and film showing, I made time to talk with audience members. Many of these discussions continued online. People in my community are generous with their feedback and I found these one-on-one conversations to be deeply informative. I made a point of working with other artists that I respect; I was inspired and educated by their creative process. I worked with different local arts venues and benefited by their kind mentorship as I shaped the work to successfully show in their spaces. I conducted informal “show-and-tell” discussions with other artists to gather feedback for specific pieces. 2: I met with a Springboard for the Arts consultant and attended the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture annual conference in Minneapolis. I studied how dancers, visual artists and writers work with time and space. I took a field trip to New York during the Whitney Biennial and the New Museum Triennial and looked at these exhibits and others about town. The Stephen Petronio Company was at the Joyce Theater. I went to one of their performances and was quite moved by the union of sound, movement and abstract narrative. Choreography influenced my still-motion work. While not directly funded by this grant, I pursued these opportunities to enhance my work on my Minnesota State Arts Board project."

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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Kathleen A. McTavish AKA Kathy McTavish
(218) 343-7998
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