Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Melissa K. Stang
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Stang will develop and exhibit new ceramic work that addresses the economic impact that over-fishing has on small, independent fishermen.
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. 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 project was an amazing opportunity for me to learn new skills, learn to work with a new material, and expose myself to an entirely new community of artists: the community of clay, ceramics, and craft. I can say with complete confidence that I will be working with clay for the rest of my life. I feel like I have just scratched the surface of its numerous possibilities and I have a lifetime of learning ahead of me. 2: One of the major business skills that I learned during my project period is how shoot, document, and edit images of my own work, and to manage my own website and increase my ‘online presence’. (An unintended side effect is that I have begun to develop the skills to do this for others, and in the future might perform - rather than pay for - these types of professional services.) I did this by hiring professionals to do it for me and also teach me to do it myself. Additionally, working in clay offers unique opportunities to create multiples and potentially earn money through self-generated sales of one’s work. The clay/ceramic community operates on market models generally quite different from the so-called ‘fine arts’/gallery model. The clay/ceramic community expects and encourages artists to be actively involved in designed and creating work that can be sold. And not necessarily through a prestigious gallery either. Craft shows, sales-out-of-studio, and e-commerce are all considered respectable and encouraged venues. This is something of a culture shock to me, but I like it.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Melissa K. Stang
(612) 309-9493
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