PO4EVER Finalists

A broad variety of images, concepts and written works have been chosen to represent the scope of the postal service as a community and national resource.  The winners all generated a specific point of view, memoir, architecture, or traditional postal images such as postcards and stamps.

The curatorial panel has chosen the following finalists for recognition of their mail art submissions. There were 11 Artists in total recognized as two Artists collaborated and shared an award.

Loretta Bebeau

Loretta Bebeau has taught drawing, painting, and art theory to all age levels.  She was Adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota; Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and did short-term workshops for other venues. 

She was recipient of an Artists Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2011.  Her art has been shown at local colleges, out-of-state exhibits, the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Fair, and in 2010, the Smithsonian Institution.

Category: Postcard
Title: Postal Customers
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Mark D. Klotz

Mark D. Klotz is a Fine Art Photographer, Digital, and Fine Art Digital Printer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.  Historically, he has been a Film Photographer and has made Silver Prints.  He also has a history as a Fine Art Painter.  He has Academic background in Public Health and African Studies, including African History and African Cultural Anthropology, also, World Art History.   He holds a Public Health Nurse Certification in Minnesota and has expertise working with Refugee Populations.  He has been creating Art Objects for most of his Life.

Category: Postcard
Title: Danube, MN
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Doug Padilla

Dr. Swami Lucky Dougie Padilla is a self-taught visionary artist of Norwegian/Mexican/cowboy roots living in the wilds of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. 

In his 66 years he has lived in a tent thru a sub-zero winter, farmed soybeans, survived the psychedelic travails of Haight-Ashbury, created and lost a million dollar a year business, trained with an armed underground anti-war/Chicano power cadre during the Vietnam war, meditated and lived with his guru in India, done thousands of drawings and paintings, and founded or co-founded numerous organizations and businesses, among them Art Jones Gallery, the Borneo Group, Art-A-Whirl, Grupo Soap del Corazón, Salon Artisimo, Satsang Thursday Nights, Frontera Tarot, the Minnesota Men’s Retreat, and Paris Northeast.

He learned to sight sing Bach cantatas at age 11, lasted one embattled year in college (1967), wandered schizophrenic on the streets of Chicago, had his first heart failure at age 20, helped birth his daughter in a rural commune, and coached and played soccer until his foot didn’t work anymore (age 49).

He has shown at the Museé Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, France, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Fredrick Weisman Museum, the Plains Museum in Fargo, countless galleries throughout the Twin Cities and the U.S.A. has curated and organized exhibitions and art events at all levels, and has served on boards and committees of numerous arts non-profits and educated and mentored artists of all ages.

For this he has received the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, several Ofrenda awards form CreArte, Chicano Latino Cultural Center and Museum, the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, was named one of Minneapolis’ City Pages’ “Artists of the Year”, and included in TPT’s MNOriginal t.v. series.

Category: Wooden Postcard
Title: Perham
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Rod Massey

Rod Massey was born in Minneapolis in 1949. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 

He has been awarded numerous grants including a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a McKnight Foundation Fellowship and most recently, a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Massey’s commissions include paintings for Minnesota Life, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Target and United Methodist Hospital.

Selected Collections:
Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Target Corporation; 3M Company; General Mills Corporation; Lakeside Capital; Brabbit & Salita; Abbott Northwestern Hospital; Securian; Park Nicollet Medical Center; Shriner’s Hospital; Minnesota Historical Society; Young America Corporation; Cray Research; Cargill Company; Ceridian Corporation; United Methodist Hospital; Thrivent Financial; Bush Foundation

Category: Stamp
Title: Cement Block Stamp
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Bernel Bayliss

Bernel Bayliss was born in 1950 in Fargo, N. D.  He received a BA degree from Moorhead State University in 1972 and a MA degree from the University of Dallas in 1973. For more than fifty years he has produced and exhibited his work.   He currently resides in Minneapolis MN with his wife, Janet and daughter, Ruby.  " Like most children I liked to make pictures, what makes me different from others is that I never stopped liking to make pictures."

Category: Postcard
Title: Dead Letter
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Amy Rea

Amy Rea is a nearly lifelong resident of Minnesota and guidebook author to the state. In addition, she writes poetry and fiction and has been published in The Rake, Alimentum, and Plath Profiles. She lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, two sons, and a rather neurotic elderly border collie.

Category: Poem (shared award with Terri Myers Wentzka)
Title: Brimson, MN
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Terri Myers Wentzka

Terri Myers Wentzka always wanted to be a working artist, but after receiving her B.A. in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota, the search for gainful employment caused her to drift away into other pursuits, including writing and filmmaking. After too many years away from making art, enough was enough. Several years ago, she started all over again and soon discovered that drawing and painting are even better the second time around. 

Terri’s work has always focused on the natural world. Early on, her interest was in landscape abstractions which reinterpreted the dramatic rock formations and vivid colors of the desert Southwest. Since resuming her artistic practice, she has studied watercolor and botanical painting at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Her viewpoint has shifted away from broad vistas in favor of close observations of small, mysterious objects: birds’ eggs, stones, plant pods, bones, as well as manmade things which are in the process of transformation by rust, dirt or decay.

Category: Envelope (shared award with Amy Rea)
Title: Piping Plover Eggs for Brimson
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Susan Foster

Susan EK Foster grew up in North Mankato, MN, eager for the day when ALL the mail would be for her. Now she lives in Minneapolis and shares her mailbox with Dick Brewer and their dog Gus. Owner of Brainy Training, LLC, Susan makes her living as a freelance writer, editor, creative, and instructional designer.

Category: Calendar
Title: USPS Legwork Community Calendar
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Deborah Wallwork

Deb Wallwork is a filmmaker and photographer. Snail mail and self portraits are two of her passions, and she’s got a shoebox full of postcards and missives as lively as the stamps that adorn them.  Her still photography has been exhibited at the Rourke Art Gallery, the Creative Arts Studio, the Plains Art Museum, the Spirit Room,and in the juried exhibits at Flow Art Space and the Minneapolis Photography Center. Her short film, C. Beck, won the Independent Lens Grand Prize for short film, and was broadcast nationally on PBS.  She lives in Fergus Falls and is currently working on a new film about monarch butterflies.

Category: Postcard
Title: Hope for Hope
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Loren Niemi

Loren Niemi is a professional storyteller of philosophically nuanced tales, the producer of Two Chairs Telling a monthly spoken word series at Bryant Lake Bowl, and a coach/director of performers and professionals presenting complex or difficult material. If that isn't enough to keep him in trouble, he is also a published poet, the author of "The New Book of Plots" on narrative forms for storytellers and writers, and co-author with Elizabeth Ellis of the award winning "Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories" on the value and necessity of stories that are hard to hear and tell. Contact him : niemistory@aol.com 

Category: Written Work
Title: Old Days
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John Pearson

John Pearson is a Twin Cities native and graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1975) where he studied graphic design, photography and printmaking. Pearson’s design work led him to northwestern Minnesota where he created a series of soft sculpture and stuffed animals for Lady Slipper Designs, a non-profit cottage industry. When he returned to Minneapolis-St. Paul he worked as a graphic designer, typographer, art director, and digital media manager. Pearson explores visual arts through photography, painting, and printmaking, usually examining themes of natural history and the built environment.

Category: Foldout Postcard
Title: Mille Lacs Foldout Postcard
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Bravo and kudos to all, especially to our "Divine Miss M."

I wish PO4EVER could carry on, if not forever, at least for a good while yet, and go national.

It is after all, the U.S. Post Office.

And, all the aims remain, so the project's purpose persists.

Here's to a Phase Two.

There's more of the 5 "P"s to celebrate!