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2013 / McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers

About the McKnight Artist Fellowships

The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in eleven areas. Eight arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.

The Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

Beginning in 2014, the medium of photography will be included in the McKnight Visual Arts Fellowships, administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, who will award a total of eight $25,000 fellowships annually. The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. In lieu of a group show and catalog, the focus will be on connecting fellows to more visiting critics, establishing a McKnight Discussion Series that features fellows and invited critics, and creating individual artist books and an online publication to further disseminate the fellows' work. The independent panel of arts professionals who selects the eight award winners will be increased to four jurors, one of whom will have substantial knowledge in the field of photography.

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For questions about the McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship please contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at or 612.874.3667