Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Mary B. Bergs-Cruse AKA Mary Bergs
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
July 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Bergs-Cruse will create a new series of large-scale installations for an exhibition at the Bloomington Art Center, in May - July 2013, and hire a photographer to document the work.
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: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. 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
Marlon Davidson: Artist, writer, educator, Bemidji; Leann Johnson: Graphic designer, illustrator and ceramic tile artist; Doris Logue: Rural visual artist, commited to the environment and regional conservation issues; Seho Park: Artist, Art Professor, Winona State University; Jane Powers: Mixed media sculptor and public art artist; Don Sherman: Artist, Educator, Photographer, mentors program coordinator, Southwest Minnesota State University College; Krista Walsh: Multidisciplinary artist, art activist; Adjunct Faculty member, University of Minnesota, Hamline University; Christopher Zerendow: Artist, adjunct instructor, North Hennepin Community College; State Arts Board grant recipient
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will exhibit and document large-scale wall installations incorporating new materials and mediums at the Bloomington Art Center. The Inez Greenberg gallery is an expansive space and will accommodate large scale work. Several installations will be created for the space, installed in the space and a photographer will be hired to document the exhibition. 2: This exhibition will expose a large number of Minnesotans to installation as an art form. This type of work is not typically shown at the Bloomington Art Center. The art center maintains a counter in the gallery and tracks the number of viewers in the gallery. A comment book and an artist talk provide the public with an opportunity to give feedback and engage in conversation about the work.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The exhibition THE SUBLIME MUNDANE provided the opportunity for me to create, install and document seven large wall installations. This grant provided funds for purchase of materials, hiring two artist installers to help me install the exhibition and documentation by a professional photographer. The exhibition enabled me to expand my use of materials and to develop a series of installations that stand as individual works but also related to each other. Installation work changes significantly when it moves out of the studio and into the exhibition space. Having the assistance of installers allowed me to continue to work out my ideas in the space of the gallery, this was one of the most important outcomes of the project. 2: Attendance numbers for this exhibition were larger than anticipated. This may be due to increase traffic at the Bloomington Art Center during the summer months when there is a farmer's market at the site. The Art Center also arranged for a panel discussion with the actors in the theatre production of the play ART which ran from May 17 - June 9 2013. An artist talk on June 27, 2014 was well attended and included a lively discussion about art and the practice of artists and creators.

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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Mary B. Bergs-Cruse AKA Mary Bergs
(612) 598-6895
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