Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Elisa K. Berry Fonseca
Recipient Type
Start Date
August 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Berry Fonseca will create a new body of work and meet with mentor, Elizabeth Simonson, to discuss her work and strategies for professional development. She will present a workshop about being an artist to art students at colleges and high schools.
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
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)

By making work and meeting with a mentor to discuss the progress of my work, I will learn from another artist and further develop my artistic abilities. Planning a new body of work, meeting consistently with the mentor, incorporating feedback and completing the new work will show that I have achieved the desired outcome. 2: From the mentor, learn practical and business skills, including how to promote work, find funding, and seek out venues for showing work. I will achieve the intended outcome by gaining and implementing knowledge from conversations with the mentor, specifically knowledge relating to strategies for seeking places to show work and sustaining an artistic practice.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I planned a new body of work and met with a mentor to discuss the progress of my work. Based on her feedback, I pushed the work in new directions and to new levels of craftsmanship. Thus, I was able to learn from another artist and develop my artistic abilities through our interaction. 2: I gained knowledge about the practical skills of an artist, including the business of being an artist. I was able to learn and implement strategies for seeking places to show work and sustaining an artistic practice. Elizabeth Simonson provided invaluable insight into developing relationships with galleries, applying for grant funding and maintaining a studio practice. I also spoke to high school and college students about what I learned during this project.

Description of Funds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Berry Fonseca
Organization Name
Elisa K. Berry Fonseca
(952) 217-3993
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