Maggie Panetta likes to think big picture.
And by big, that sometimes means the side of a multistory commercial building.
Through the summer of 2020, Panetta’s new work graced multiple facades, temporary barriers and utility boxes around Rochester.
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Funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act helped fund her public murals.
This year, she plans to expand her canvas into residential neighborhoods. Panetta was announced as a recipient of a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The grant was one of dozens awarded statewide as part of the board’s Creative Support for Individuals grant program. Panetta plans to use the money for print-making equipment and help fund murals on residential garages.
“Not all public art has to be on commercial buildings,” she said. “It can be in your neighborhood.”
Commissioning a mural on a garage door might be costly, but Panetta said funding from the grant will help pay for materials to keep costs for property owners down.
“It’s something I’d want to be able to do at a lower rate than a commercial building,” she said. “I really just want to get the work out there, and I want it to be accessible.”
However, artists should be paid for their time, talent and materials, she added.
Panetta said she’s spending time this winter working on a “look book” of garage mural ideas. She said she hopes to begin work this spring.
She plans to use some of the funds to also help open, equip and operate a printmaking shop in Southeast Minnesota later this year.
The State Arts Board announced dozens of individual support grants earlier this week for artists all over the state. For the full list, visit www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/2021/2021-awarded-csi.htm.