Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Monica J. Reede
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
March 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Reede will produce and document new work for an upcoming exhibition at the Bloomington Art Center in Bloomington, in January 2013.
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)

This grant gave me time to devote to the exploration of new materials and techniques. This is a great gift to give to an artist because most creative breakthroughs occur through trial and error. When an artist does not have the time to risk failure, her work will eventually become habitual. My “learning opportunities” took place while I was alone in my studio without distraction. I evaluated my achievements based on what I was able to accomplish during the grant period. Because of the State Arts Board grant, I was able to experiment with and begin to develop three distinct bodies of work. In this way the State Arts Board grant not only allowed me to complete work for my proposed exhibition, it also laid the foundation for many future artworks. While the grant period lasted for only one year, the effects of my efforts during that period will inform my work for many years to come. 2: Every time I am given the opportunity to exhibit my work it brings me into contact with new organizations, curators and arts administrators. The exhibition that I had at the Bloomington Theater and Arts Center was no exception. This opportunity brought me into contact with new people and gave me insight into the workings of a public arts organization. Working with the Bloomington Theater and Arts Center informed the way I organize my work and the time devoted to making artwork. I was able to create a cohesive exhibition geared to a new audience without sacrificing the quality of the work. The feedback I received during the exhibition supported the choices that I had to make when choosing work for the show. A public arts organization is, out of necessity, run quite differently than a commercial gallery and this experience will help me in the future as I engage with other similar organizations. This opportunity also expanded my list of contacts among art world professionals and audience members with an interest in my work.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Monica J. Reede
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