by Marya Morstad
September 27, 2005
Producer Marya Morstad continues the “Radio mnartists” series of web and radio interviews with Minnesota artists. Listen to her interview with Jane Evershed.
To hear the interview with Jane Evershed, click on the "Related Content" tab at the foot of the right-hand column on this page.
Jane Evershed is a socially conscious artist, poet, and activist influenced by the oppression she witnessed in her native South Africa under apartheid. Her signature work reflects the beauty of Africa and the joyful spirit of its people, as well as shedding light on the injustice and inequity produced by global patriarchal systems. Her paintings and writings continually evolve in response to political realities and her desire to create a more harmonious society that respects women and nature.
The Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights selected Jane Evershed for an award for promoting human rights through art. In 2005 she was voted “favorite local artist” by the MN Women's Press readership. Evershed's work has been commissioned by the League of Women Voters to commemorate 75 years of a woman's right to vote, and Hillary Clinton was presented with the commemorative print at the celebrations in Washington. She was also approached by the late Sheila Wellstone on behalf of Alexander House Women's shelter to paint a gift for the founder.
Morstad’s winning proposal was selected for the Innovate mnartists.org $5,000.00 award from dozens of proposals submitted. Radio mnartists will be broadcast on Art Matters, every Friday at 11am on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio-FM Radio – 90.3 in Minneapolis and 106.7 in St. Paul and posted online every Friday on www.mnartists.org.
Composer Ken Brahmstedt will assist in the production of the series.
“Radio mnartists” features 20 conversations with a varied group of artists from around Minnesota. Says Morstad: “The series is meant to create a larger picture of the diversity of artists working throughout the state and will provide arts enthusiasts with a compelling entry point into the broader Minnesota arts culture.”
The Innovate mnartists.org Award was designed to expand awareness of the mnartists.org website, to broaden the audience, increase participation on the site, use the site’s technology in fresh ways, promote diversity, and connect artists with audience. We thought Morstad's proposed radio interview series met these challenges well: her subjects live all around the state, and include an incredible range of media and styles.
Her complete series will be presented as an audio collection on mnartists.org in January 2006.