Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
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The McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to established Minnesota-based artists. In 2018, eight McKnight Visual Artist Fellows were selected to receive $25,000 each and an opportunity to meet with arts professionals from across the country.

This discussion series pairs a nationally-recognized art critic or curator 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.


Ruba Katrib is the curator at MOMA PS1.  Previously, Katrib was at the SculptureCenter where she organized more than twenty exhibitions and public programs featuring artists such as Cosima von Bonin, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Jumana Manna, Anthea Hamilton, and Michael E. Smith. From 2007 to 2012, Katrib worked first as assistant curator and then as associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. In 2010, she was awarded a curatorial fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation to support her research on artist-run educational platforms throughout Latin America that included a symposium and publication. Katrib is also a cofounder of the residency and contemporary art space Threewalls in Chicago.

Alison Hiltner is the Associate Director of Soo Visual Arts Center and a visual artist. Hiltner has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, some of her recent credits include exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art as part of their MAEP program, Telemark Art Center in Skien, Norway, and the Weisman Art Museum. She has received five Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, two MRAC/McKnight Foundation Next Step Grants, the Jerome Foundation Fellowship in 2011/12, and an Artists on the Verge Northern Lights/Jerome Foundation fellowship in 2013/14. Along with being a 2019 McKnight Fellow in visual arts, she is a part of an experimental cohort through the Weisman Art Museum and the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine. Hiltner has upcoming exhibitions at the Indianapolis Contemporary in 2020 and Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University in 2021.  

Mohamud Mumin is an artist, co-founder, and curator at Soomaal House of Art, a Somali-American artists collective based in Minneapolis. He is the recipient of many awards and is currently an artist-in-residence at Ubah Medical Academy, a charter high school in Hopkins, Minnesota. He was also an artist-in-residence at Century College in White Bear Lake and a Malmberg Fellow at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Mumin’s work has been exhibited in community spaces, galleries, and museums in the United States and abroad.

Fellowships are funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. For more information or to request any disability services, please contact Kerry Morgan, director of gallery and exhibition programs, at 612.874.3667 or