The McKnight Visual Artists Fellowships is a highly competitive 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 experimentation, study, reflection, 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. Two of the critics return to participate in the public panel discussion that pairs one critic with three McKnight Visual Artist Fellows.

McKnight Visual Artist Discussion Series Schedule

  • Tuesday, May 24, 6:30pm in-person and live-streamed
    Janet Dees, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Block Art Museum, Northwestern University, in conversation with McKnight 2019 fellows Leslie Barlow, Mary Griep, and Melvin R. Smith.
  • Fall 2022 in-person and live-streamed
    Henriette Huldisch, chief curator and director of curatorial affairs at the Walker Art Center, in conversation with McKnight 2019 fellows Alexa Horochowski, Joe Sinness, and Tetsuya Yamada.

Fellowships are generously funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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