MAEP Artist Panels

The MAEP Artist Panel plays a significant role in the Minnesota arts community. The seven-member panel is entrusted with the responsibility of surveying the creative diversity of Minnesota artists and selecting those whose work shows exceptional promise and quality.

Unique to the MAEP, the panel is composed of elected members who are chosen by the public at the MAEP Annual Meeting. Panelists serve two-year terms. Each year, three to four panelists rotate off. Two positions are held for panelists from greater Minnesota.

Panelists are elected at the MAEP Annual Meeting.

2020 Artist Panel

BETSY ALWIN lives and works in Minnetrista. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, having earned an MFA from Illinois State University, a BFA in sculpture and a BA in Spanish language from Minnesota State University. Her work has been exhibited across the country including solo exhibitions at Washington University, Tacoma, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, and at Rosalux in N.E. Minneapolis. She has a permanent public sculpture installed in Tokyo, Japan and is a grateful recipient of an Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

SUSAN ARMINGTON works in painting, mixed media, and imaginative map-making. Her art and community work deal with connecting across difference; and the role of words in bringing us together, as well as maintaining our separateness. Her art makes frequent use of text in various languages as material for constructing 2- and 3-dimensional images. Armington, who holds degrees from Brown University and Cornell University, is a roster artist for the Minnesota State Arts Board and for COMPAS’ Writers and Artists in the Schools Program. She has led art workshops statewide, as well as at the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Minnesota History Center, and Walker Art Center. She directs Talking Suitcases™, an arts-based process for evoking story and creating powerful dialog around personal and community issues.

TOREY ERIN is a curator, writer, and multidisciplinary artist primarily working in sculpture, painting, installation, and moving image currently based in Minneapolis. Her work involves themes of mortality, light, space, and meditations of the magic of the natural world. Torey holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and is a recipient of the 2020 Minnesota Artist Initiative grant, Springboard for the Arts Hinge Artist Residency, Blacklock Sanctuary Fellowship, and DAAD Scholarship. She has exhibited at Soo Visual Art Center, Company Projects, Public Functionary, Q2 Gallery, Rosalux Gallery, Yeah Maybe Project Space, FilmNorth, and has created costume and set/interior design at First Avenue, the Palace Theater, and the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Torey’s films have been featured at the Duluth Film Festival, the Trylon Cinema, and Headwaters Film Festival. Torey is the Director of Exhibitions and Artist Programs at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

ANNE GEORGE has been active in the Minnesota arts community for over 25 years as an artist and educator. Her work is primarily mixed media, artist’s books and photography. She has work in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center and currently resides in Winona.

JONATHAN HERRERA SOTO is a printmaker currently based within the Dakota territory and their Anishinaabe and Ho-Chunk neighbors (Minneapolis). He graduated with a BFA from the Minneapolis College in Art and Design in 2017. Recent solo exhibitions of Herrera Soto’s work include the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Duluth Art Institute, and Annex Gallery, Chicago. He has participated in numerous artist residencies and fellowships including Kala Institute, CA; Yaddo, NY; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, NE; Hambidge Center for the Arts, GA; Epicenter, UT; The Studios at MASS MoCA, MA; 33 Officia Creativia, Toffia, Italy; Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago; Grand Marais Art Colony, MN; and High Point Center for Printmaking, MN. Herrera Soto is a recent recipient of the Santo Foundation Individual Artist Award, the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, the Metro Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant, and is a current 2019-2021 Jerome Hill Artist Grant fellow.

SIMONE LUECK is a photographer living and working in Minneapolis. She received her MFA from UC San Diego in 2005. Lueck makes collaborative large-scale portraits starring individuals performing unique cultural rituals. Her series The Once and Future Queens features photographs of individuals that answered an online ad soliciting older women to pose as glamorous movie stars. The series has been exhibited in solo institutional exhibitions at Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium, and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK. www.simonelueck.com

GREGORY T. WILKINS is a mixed media, self-taught artist who resides in Mankato. He has worked and completed global service on over 1/3 of Earth assisting NGOs and non-profits. He has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across the United States. Greg has received grants and funding through the Minnesota Legacy Amendment and Artists on Main Street with support from the Minnesota Preservation Alliance and Spring Board for the Arts with generous support from the Bush Foundation. http://www.mnartists.org/gregory-t-wilkins