Val Jenkins, Chair of Fine Arts, is the recipient of a State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant. The Artist Initiative grants are for artists at all stages of their careers, to support artistic development, nurture artistic creativity, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota. Grants are awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists. The Artist Initiative program received 740 applicants in eight disciplines - dance, music, visual arts, theater, photography, prose, and poetry. 140 grants were awarded across all the disciplines.
Jenkins will document past work, create a website, and create marketing tools to support her artistic career. She will also explore encaustic methods as a way to "fix" finished drawings and will exhibit her work at the College of Visual Arts and at the Rosalux Gallery.