The McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists is a highly competitive fellowship program that identifies talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Each year the program supports established artists by providing unrestricted awards of $25,000 that can help an artist set aside time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project.

In addition to the cash award, the fellows invite six nationally recognized critics into their studios for in depth conversations on their work. Four of the critics return to participate in the public panel discussion that pairs one critic with two McKnight Visual Artist Fellows offering audiences an opportunity to learn about the fellowship recipients and how their work intersects with broader contemporary art ideas and concerns.

McKnight Visual Artist Discussion Series Schedule

  • Friday, February 15, 2019
    Susan Cross, curator of visual arts at MASS MOCA, in conversation with Tamsie Ringler and Piotr Szyhalski
  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    Eric Crosby, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, in conversation with Andy DuCett and Bruce Tapola
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Eugenie Tsai, curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum, in conversation with David Goldes and Terry Gydesen
  • Friday, May 17, 2019
    Irene Hofmann, Phillips director and chief curator at SITE Santa Fe, in conversation with Harriet Bart and Jeremy Lundquist

The discussion series is co-presented with the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Fellowships are generously funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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