This program pairs a visiting critic with two McKnight Visual Artist Fellows and offers attendees an opportunity to learn more about the fellowship recipients as well as how their work intersects with broader contemporary art ideas and concerns.
Kristina Estell is a visual artist who creates sensitive material experiences that explore and archive architectural forms, natural objects and spatial dynamics. Estell exhibits nationally and internationally and has participated in artist residencies in the U.S., Germany, Japan and Hungary. Estell lives and works on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota.
Selma Fernández Richter, originally from Mexico, has been documenting recent immigrants to the Twin Cities who have been displaced from their country of origin by war, violence and famine. Fernández Richter has received numerous awards including a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Centro de la Imagen and the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico City; the New York Academy of Art; and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Her work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; the Nuevo Leon Center for the Arts in Monterrey, Mexico; and the Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photography Center in Oaxaca, Mexico. A selection of her photographs was featured in the exhibition and book Women Behind the Lens: 100 Years of Photographic Creation in Mexico, 1910-2010.
Cesar Garcia is the founding director and chief curator of the Mistake Room—Los Angeles’s international contemporary art space. Garcia formerly served as the associate director and senior curator of LAXART (2007-2012). He was part of the curatorial team of the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in 2008. Garcia was one of the curators of Made in L.A. in 2012 as well as appointed the United States Commissioner for the 13th International Cairo Biennial in Egypt.