Perspectives – An exhibition of 2012–2014 photography grantees.

Kawashaway celebrates 25.

Kawashaway celebrates 25.


The exhibition entitled: Perspectives – An exhibition of 2012–2014 photography grantees opened at the Minnesota State Arts Board offices in St. Paul, Minnesota last night and it was a blast.

No other state in the nation gives more to the arts than Minnesota. This is standing ovation time as we artists have the opportunity to present a proposal for funding that will enhance the artists ability to make art and enhance the lives of Minnesotans. One need only look at the popularity of Art-a-Whirl in N.E. Minneapolis to see how a focus on the arts can start a movement!

Artists often lead the way in economic development and I believe that this is fulfilling the promise of legacy.  Nothing lasts quite like the arts. As a lover of art history, I have learned about history through the arts as it is an international language. Thank you to the Minnesota legislature for supporting a wide array of artists and their unique vision, passion or path. One artist pointed out that the exhibit comprised a half a million dollars in funding assuming that each artist maxed out on their budget allotment of 10K. Our state is a leader in so many ways and I believe that investing in the vision of artists leads Minnesota into the national and international spotlight in a fabulous way.

On a personal note I really appreciated getting to spend quality time with executive director of the Minnesota State Arts Board Sue Gens. Sue and I we were in the same class at Moorhead State University and now she sits on the board of the school, currently named Minnesota State University Moorhead. I am so proud of her!

Because of my evening last night, speaking with Sue Gens about MSU, I am sending a great big shout-out to the spirit of musician Lise Mann… a great teacher… one person can make a difference in the lives of two people.


Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.