Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
John P. Ratzloff
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Ratzloff has been invited to photograph at Will Steger's homestead in Ely, Minnesota, for one week of each month, for a year. The work will reveal the private life and work of polar explorer and environmental activist Will Steger.
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
Douglas Beasley: Photographer, founder and director of Vison Quest Photo Workshops.; Gloria Brush: Chair and professor of photography, University of Minnesota Duluth.; Beth Dow: Photographer; Colleen Mullins: Photographer, academic director of digital film/video production and photography programs, Art Institutes International Minnesota.; Margaret Ojala: Photographer and Professor of Art, St Olaf College.; Keri Pickett: Photographer, filmmaker; Don Sherman: Artist, Arts offerings and mentors program coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University College Now.
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)

A month by month photo essay about Will Stegar has been completed. I was challenged to learn digital photography and printing. A book has been designed, printed and is being sold. 2: During the course of the year I learned how to set up a business, raise an additional $15,000, write a business plan and start an indie digital press and turn a profit.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
John P. Ratzloff
(612) 232-2510
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