Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Erik A. Farseth
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Farseth will establish a temporary pop-up gallery to exhibit new woodcuts and screen prints. He will also distribute copies of small press publications (art zines) at various locations throughout the Twin Cities.
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
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
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)

Establish a temporary pop-up gallery as a means of engaging the community, while bringing my art directly to a wider audience. Erik Farseth, a printmaker, will establish a temporary pop-up gallery, and exhibit art at local galleries. The artist will also distribute free copies of small press publications (art zines) at various locations throughout the Twin Cities. 2: Attend professional development workshops / career counseling to develop a business plan and learn more about the business side of art. Erik Farseth will develop a business plan and gain hands-on experience developing a new line of posters and wearable artwork. Farseth will attend professional development workshops to increase his knowledge of the business side of art.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The artist successfully completed a public art project that was seen by hundreds of Minnesotans, and took his career to the next level. In addition to attendance at public exhibitions (which exceeded the initial estimate), the project received favorable coverage in local newspapers, including the Star Tribune and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, both of which ran photographs of the art. Group exhibitions also received local media coverage, including favorable reviews of the Gods and Monsters show at Grey Gallery. 2: This project helped to take my career to the next level. Having met with a career counselor, sales of my artwork increased by 22 percent. I also received paid commissions for graphic design work as a direct result of the new marketing strategies that I adopted in 2016.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Erik A. Farseth
(612) 760-4409
Administered By
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