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

The 2019 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship application is now open! Deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, 2019 at noon. 

We were scheduled to host an information session at Two Rivers Gallery this evening, Thursday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. Due to bad weather we are rescheduling this information session for the first week of March. Please check back for more details. Another information session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20 at Springboard for the Arts, 262 University West, St. Paul. 

Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to accomplished Minnesota artists in ten areas. Ten 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 McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists 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. In 2019 there will be six $25,000 fellowships awarded. The focus of the fellowship is to connect fellows to six visiting critics, to participate in a McKnight Discussion Series that features fellows and invited critics, and to work 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.


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