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The 2021 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship application cycle is now open. Go to "APPLY" to start the application process. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, March 26, 2021 at noon CT.

In 2020 the McKnight Foundation expanded the categories of fellowships so that there are now a total of fourteen available for mid-career and established Minnesota artists. More information about these fellowships and their particular deadlines is available at mcknight.org/artistfellowships. Please note that you may only apply in one category for any given fellowship award cycle. 

About the McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships

The McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists program has been administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design since 1981. The fellowship program rewards talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

In 2021 there will be six $25,000 fellowships awarded. The focus of the fellowship is to connect fellows to six visiting critics, to participate in a McKnight Discussion Series that features fellows and invited critics, and to work with each fellow to pursue additional professional development opportunities. In addition, the fellows have the opportunity to have their artwork professionally documented, to access a range of MCAD facilities, and to enjoy discounted MCAD Continuing Education classes. All McKnight Artist Fellows are eligible to receive eight hours of consultation support from Springboard for the Arts and participate in a 1-2 week residency facilitated by the Alliance of Artist Communities (AAC).

Please contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at gallery@mcad.edu or 612.874.3667 for more information.

McKnight Artist Fellowship Community Values
Welcome to the McKnight Artist Fellowships community! The McKnight Foundation and the administering partners for the McKnight Artist Fellowships are committed to creating and supporting an artistic community in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The community of the McKnight Artist Fellowships includes people who engage with the fellowships program whether as applicants, fellows, panelists, contractors, collaborators, fellowships administrators, and staff of the McKnight Foundation and partnering organizations.

As a community, we commit to creating and maintaining relationships that are free from harm, prejudice, and harassment. Community members agree to communicate directly and transparently regarding issues of conduct that could negatively impact the well-being of participating members and organizations. In the case of an accusation, legal action, or conviction, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may gather and assess relevant information.

If deemed necessary, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may take administrative action up to and including the recommendation of participation in reconciliation or restorative justice processes; disqualification of an application; the termination of a contract; and the recall and/or termination of a fellowship.

This community will be what we make it and our aim is to collectively create an experience in which all artists and members of the McKnight Artist Fellowships community thrive. Read the full story.

About the McKnight Artist Fellowships Program

Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1982. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 14 different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $2.8 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit mcknight.org/artistfellowships.

About the McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Established in 1953, the McKnight Foundation is deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest; building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota; and supporting the arts in Minnesota, neuroscience, and international crop research.

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