McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists

Administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The 2014/15 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship Application cycle closed March 21. The 2014 Visual Artist Fellows will be announced no later than June 2.

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.

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. Beginning in 2014, the McKnight Visual Arts Fellowships will include the medium of photography and there will be a total of eight $25,000 fellowships awarded. 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.

The next fellowship application cycle will open in January 2015. Please contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at or 612.874.3667 for more information.