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The McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country.

The 2016 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship recipients have been announced. The 2017 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship application cycle will open in late January 2017.

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.

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. Since 2014, the McKnight Visual Arts Fellowships have included the medium of photography, so there are a total of eight $25,000 fellowships awarded each year. The focus of the fellowship is connecting fellows to six visiting critics, participating in a McKnight Discussion Series that features fellows and invited critics, and working with each fellow to pursue additional professional development opportunities.

Administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Please contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at or 612.874.3667 for more information.