Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Leslie E. Barlow
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
April 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Barlow will complete a series of eight to ten oil paintings featuring interracial families, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court case of Loving vs. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in the United States. An
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; 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; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Pamela Davis: Visual artist who combines weaving, metalsmithing, beading, and needlework; Paige Guggemos: Freelance graphic and web designer; printmaker; Andrew Messerschmidt: Painter; Julie Sirek: Visual artist; Eun-Kyung Suh: Art and design professor, University of Minnesota Duluth; Liza Sylvestre: Visual artist and educator; Willicey Tynes: Oil painter and sculptor
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Complete eight to ten large portraits of Minnesotan interracial families, and share them with the public through open studio events and exhibition. Success evaluated in the process and completion of the new body of work for exhibition, documentation of the work, and tracking of public attendance and feedback from the studio events and exhibition. 2: Host public lecture and Q and A. Discussion provides awareness for the Loving v. Virginia case, promotes racial tolerance and unpacks multiracial identity. Success evaluated in the completion of a successful public lecture event and through audience feedback. The artist will gain additional experience lecturing publicly in conjunction with an exhibition.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Ten large portraits of Minnesotan interracial families were exhibited in a public show at Public Functionary from February 25-March 25, 2017. The exhibition was documented via photograph, as well as through multiple media articles, and impact was also tracked via attendance counts and both verbal and written feedback about the work. 2: The community connected with the work through the exhibition, two open studio events, and the artist talk, all which provided space for conversation. Attendance, engagement with the audience.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Leslie E. Barlow
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