Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
David M. Luke
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2016
End Date
February 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
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)

To create and present a body of work called “Invasive” which makes visible an ecological future in Minnesota. The outcome will be evaluated through the interaction, feedback and quality of engagement during the public presentation of the body of work in varied venues.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I created Invasive which consists of altered landscapes that reflect changes in Minnesota's ecology due to climate change and invasive species. Evaluation of the project was based tracking attendees to the show, interactions and feedback from the public. This happened informally talking with people in the lead up to exhibition. It also happened in a larger public setting at the reception. In this setting, there was a more formal and robust question and answer after a short talk. There was also a good deal of interaction with people new to the project in this setting.

Description of Funds
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Luke will photograph Minnesota’s north woods and prairie to make visible the ecological changes in Minnesota’s landscape due to climate change and invasive species. An exhibition and lecture will take place at the Saint Croix Watershed Research Station.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
David M. Luke
(718) 986-6661
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
Hillary Berg: Photographer; Arts Board grantee; Elizabeth Blair: Artist Initiative grantee in photography; professor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Luke Erickson: Photographer; consultant at Instinct Art Gallery; photo curator for the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography; Linda Gammell: Photographer and teacher; Arts Board grantee; Peter Happel Christian: Photographer; Arts Board grantee; professor of integrated media at Saint Cloud State University; Suzanne Kosmalski: Installation artist and photographer; Arts Board grantee; Margaret Ojala: Photographer and professor of art, St Olaf College; Carrie Thompson: Studio manager for photographer Alec Soth; Arts Board grantee
Conflict of Interest Disclosed