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McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships

The 2021 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship recipients have been announced. The 2022 application cycle will open in January 2022.

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About the McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships

The McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists program has been administered by MCAD 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.

Each year six $25,000 fellowships in the visual arts category are awarded. The focus of the fellowship program is to connect fellows to national and international visiting critics, participate in a McKnight Discussion Series featuring fellows and invited critics, and work with each fellow to pursue additional professional development opportunities. In addition, the fellows have the opportunity to have their artwork professionally documented, access a range of MCAD facilities, and 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.

Please contact Program Director Kerry Morgan at or 612.874.3667 for more information.

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 fourteen 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 Artist Fellowships.

About the McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation is a Minnesota-based family foundation that advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and the 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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