Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Peter Sowinski
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
November 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Sowinski will learn leather working to unite disparate elements of his artistic career into a more relevant and stronger whole. This will be reflected in a new body of work that will be exhibited during the grant period.
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
Gita Ghei: Sculptor and arts educator.; Jeffrey Hirst: Artist and arts presenter.; Simon Huelsbeck: Professor of art, Rochester Community and Technical College.; Caroline Kent: Watercolor and Foreign Cinema instructor, St Paul College.; Kimber Olson: Visual artist, curator, and educator.
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.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I was able to work with St Paul leather goods company J. W. Hulme, they allowed me to have an apprenticeship with their designers and artisans. They helped me learn quite a bit about leather, leather working tools, and what can and can't be done with the material. I was able to explore the material and sought to combine it with my work, and ultimately I was able to learn what limitations leather held for me and when and where I could use it in my work. Without the time to experiment I never could have found this out. I evaluate this based on skills learned and on the work produced. Leatherworking is a heritage skill and the chance to keep something alive in our culture and history has real value to all of us.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Peter Sowinski
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