Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Sandra R. Dowd
Recipient Type
Start Date
May 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Dowd will experiment with pastels, print,s and paint, to create a series of self-portraits that will be exhibited along with past self-portraits that span the last 30 years.
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
Marlon Davidson: Artist, writer, and educator.; Roderick Massey: Artist; Aldo Moroni, Jr.: Artist; Seho Park: Professor of art, Winona State University. Visual artist.; Kimberlee Roth: Technician for the Art and Art History Department, St Catherine University. Ceramic artist.; Barbara Wood: Awards committee member, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Bead and textile artist.; Laura Youngbird: Art instructor and cultural counselor.
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)

1) After taking Sally Stands workshop, I learned new pastel techniques and practiced sharpening my analysis of value (darks and lights). Since the grant allowed me to not be concerned with selling, I had time to do immense research on older and current self-portraits by other artists. This helped my use of new color schemes in my work and generated new ideas. 2) Evaluation comes from my audience viewing my new work and then giving positive remarks about it. Some said they really enjoyed my vibrant colors and were moved by my emotional approach to some of the paintings. Many viewers also stated they enjoyed the realism one of my works, Always Reaching." This realism is created by my accuracy in observing and painting value (darks and lights). Sally Strand's class made this accuracy possible. 2: 1. By research I learned to write press releases and created a list of calendars, people, newsletters, newspapers, magazines, and television/radio where I could send the press release. 2. Now I have a permanent list of places and people to which I can send a press release. I had part of my press release published in many publications. My exhibit was spotlighted by Mary Abbe in Sunday's "Star Tribune," with a photo of one of my works and text. May's issue of "Women’s Press" also highlighted my exhibit with photo and text. Southwest Journal also announced my opening and exhibit with photo. Many people came to my exhibit due to this publicity by the press."

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Sandra R. Dowd
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