Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Natasha Pestich
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Pestich will create stage-like tableaus from large-scale screen-printed work she creates in the studio. A solo exhibition and artist lecture will be held atthe Schaeffer Gallery, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter during the winter 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
Shirley Chouinard: Visual artist; Mary Ann Cleary: Artist; Ernest Miller: Ceramic artist and educator, Fired Up Studios and Minnetonka Center for the Arts.; Bartholomew Ryan: Assistant curator, Walker Art Center.; John Sterner: Academic specialist and art educator professor, Southwest Minnesota State University. Member, Southwestern Minnesota Iron Pour Association.; Randall Walker: Artist
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)

I expanded my use of scale by producing larger images printed on fabric and developed my artistic abilities and vision through the construction of a wallpapered environment for my images. I evaluated the success of this achievement by recording what I learned about planning, trouble-shooting difficult gallery spaces, and defining for myself what print-based installation work looks like in my studio practice beyond my initial assumptions. 2: In terms of business skills, I learned a tremendous amount about setting up a screen print studio to facilitate my needs. I also developed my skills in speaking cogently about my work, through an artist talk and informal classroom visit at Gustavus Adolphus College, where I made a specific effort to address why I use print-based media, and how I perceive my use of narrative and engagement with site. I evaluated these achievements by reworking my talk for two subsequent public lectures, and also redesigning the layout of my new studio space.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Natasha Pestich
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