Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pillsbury Auditorium

Free, but ticketed (tickets coming soon)

The McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to eight established Minnesota-based artists.

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.


Susan Cross is the curator of visual arts at MASS MoCA, where she has organized major exhibitions and new commissions by Alex Da Corte, Liz Deschenes, Spencer Finch, Katharina Grosse, Steffani Jemison, Guillaume Leblon, Richard Nonas, and Simon Starling, among others. Cross is also the editor and author of the first monographs on the work of Da Corte and Finch, and co-editor of Sol LeWitt: 100 Views published by MASS MoCA and Yale University Press. Formerly, she was a curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. She received an MA from Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Cross lives with her husband and daughter in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Tamsie Ringler is inspired by the landscapes of culture and nature that form us and the experiences of compassion and humanity that transform our lives. She teaches sculpture and foundry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and leads the annual Community + Collaboration Iron Pour at Franconia Sculpture Park. Recent works include Ainavas Galds/Landscape Table at the Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia and River of Iron, an overnight iron pour of the Mississippi River watershed, now in the permanent collection of the Weisman Art Museum. She works internationally and is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Her work is dedicated to her late husband, Maris Strautmanis.

Piotr Szyhalski is a Polish-born, US-based multimedia artist whose works move between installation, performance, moving image, painting, photography, drawing, sound, and design to explore issues related to human ecology and extreme historical phenomena. His work has been exhibited at museums, festivals, and other events worldwide. Szyhalski’s ongoing Labor Camp project (1998–) celebrates the beauty and dignity of labor through visual art, music, posters, printed ephemera, performance, and public actions. Commissioned works include projects for Wim Mertens Quartet in Brussels, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, VocalEssence, Ingenuity Cleveland, Zero One San Jose, IN Light Indianapolis, Northern Spark Festival, and Eastern State Penitentiary (2017), among others. Szyhalski is a previous recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists (2009).

This series is co-presented with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). Fellowships are funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.