Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Thomas B. Maakestad
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
March 2017
End Date
February 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Complete twenty large oil pastels of places near my family farm in Nerstrand, Minnesota. Exhibit at the Groveland Gallery, September 2017. Success evaluated by completion of the work and final exhibition at the Groveland. Documentation of the work and subsequent promotion of exhibition events, press coverage and tracking of visitors. 2: Host public discussion at the Groveland about United States food production and its effects on the landscape we see and conflicting emotions aroused. Success is evaluated by completion and promotion of a public exhibition and discussion. With press, and audience feedback the artist will enhance public dialogue about land usage as it relates to food.

Project Overview

Artist Initiative

Project Details

Maakestad will complete twenty oil pastels of Minnesota landscapes. An ambiguous relationship with our main source of food challenges the artist to see beauty in pattern and color, while arousing conflicting emotions. An exhibition, workshop, and discussion will take place at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Thomas B. Maakestad
(651) 260-8021
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Officer at Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary?s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Ceramic artist. former executive director of the Minnesota Project.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Jennifer Carruthers: Architect and public artist; Guillermo Cuellar Brown: Potter and teacher from Venezuela; Erik Farseth: Printmaker, zine publisher, collage artist; Arts Board grantee; Karissa Isaacs: Associate curator, Tweed Museum Duluth; Gail Katz-James: Sculptor and public artist; Jennifer Nevitt: Artist; Arts Board grantee; professor of drawing at Gustavus Adolphus College

Conflict of Interest Disclosed