Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Craig L. Edwards
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Edwards will create a body of work for use in East Asian tea ceremonies, presenting it in a manner consistent with longstanding traditions of tea culture. It will be displayed in a gallery exhibition.
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
Avye Alexandres: Visual artist, performance maker; Amy Cass: Pottery instructor, The Crossings. Member, Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists. Artist and part-time product potter, Red Wing Stoneware.; Anne Dugan: Curator and interim director, Duluth Art Institute. Founder and co-director, Free Range Film Festival.; Jennifer Jenkins: Artist, prop and wardrobe stylist; Mary Ann Papanek-Miller: Professor and chair of the department of art, media, and design, DePaul University. Mixed media artist.; Peyton Russell: Artist, teacher and community leader; founder, Daskarone and Juxtaposition Arts; Robin Schwartzman: Printmaker, Adjunct instructor, University of Minnesota; Kelli Sinner: Associate professor of ceramics, Minnesota State University, Moorhead
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)

This project will allow me to present and publicize a gallery exhibition, thus developing a business skill that is crucial for all artists. The outcome will be evaluated by how well the gallery exhibition is received, reviewed, and attended. 2: More Minnesotans will see my work in the exhibition, use the tea ware in an authentic tea ceremony, or obtain bowls through the empty bowls projects. The outcome will be evaluated by the number of people who view the exhibition, use the tea ware, or obtain bowls through the empty bowls projects. A gallery guest book will be available for comments.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The business skills that were to be developed were to present and publicize a gallery exhibition. The outcome was excellent. I was fortunate to have the Paramount Gallery St. Germaine in St Cloud and the McKnight Foundation provide the gallery, and guidance on producing a well-attended and quality exhibition. It was well publicized thanks to the Paramount Arts Resource Trust extensive mailing list and media contacts. It was very instructive to see a well thought out and executed publicity plan. The opening was well attended and well-reviewed on Minnesota Public Radio’s Art Hounds. 2: More Minnesotans were able to see and use my work through the exhibition and gallery talk on the unique relationship between pottery and tea. Also hundreds more Minnesotans are using tea bowls as a result of the donations to Empty bowls, Habitat for Humanity and arts related fund raisers.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Craig L. Edwards
(320) 894-4916
Administered By
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