The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 28, 2013

Prairie Lakes names next round of Emerging Artist grant recipients

WASECA — The Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council recently awarded $12,000 in Emerging Artist Grants to 12 area artists. 

The purpose of the PLRAC/McKnight Emerging Artist Grant Program is to provide financial support to developing artists committed to advancing their work and careers.

Grant recipients include: Ron Affolter, Mankato, to create a CD of songs of the American West and perform at area locations in 2013; Patricia Beilke, rural Brown County, to create baskets and attend a basketry workshop; Lisa Bierer, Mankato, to create a body of acrylic paintings with the theme of the life of musicians; Susan Chambers, Good Thunder, to consult and assess her poetry manuscripts and present a trio of readings in 2013; Eva Hendrickson, St. Peter, to create her first bronze sculpture and display it at Dakota Meadows Middle School; David “Eli” Hoehn, St. Peter, to create a demo recording of his original music; Amy Kortuem, North Mankato, to continue working on her memoir and attend a writing conference; Dale Looft, Montgomery, to create a portfolio of 12 -15 matted prints and purchase a membership to the Photographic Society of America; Leslie Sasse, Blue Earth, to produce a recording of his original composition “Forgive Everyone Everything”, a reflection on the Dakota Conflict; Colin Scharf, Mankato, to continue working on his novel by attending a writing center; Roslyn Sieh, Courtland, to purchase a laptop computer to use in composing music; and Geraldine Tostenson, Mankato, to attend a plein air workshop.

Prairie Lakes provides grants for artists and arts activities including dance, music, theater, literature, and visual art classes and exhibitions. The next Artist Fellowship Grant deadline is Sept. 15 for a $3,000 grant and Jan. 15 for a $1,000 Emerging Artist Grant. 

Grant program information and applications are available at, or by contacting Brenda Byron, executive director, at 1-800–298-1254 or

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