Friday, March 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.


Eric Crosby is a curator and writer. His research interests include contemporary painting, photography, and the role of the museum today, as well as film history. He received his BA from Wesleyan University in 2002 and his MA from the University of Wisconsin in 2005. Since 2015, Eric has been the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was previously associate curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Andy DuCett is from Winona, Minnesota. He has been featured by Artforum, New American Paintings, Daily Beast, Art Pulse Magazine, and Huffington Post, as well as by publications in Toronto, Berlin, Tokyo, and London. He is in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and on the curated registry of the Drawing Center in New York City. He has been commissioned to make work for the Walker Art Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Philbrook Museum of Art. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois.

Bruce Tapola was born and raised in Ohio. He received his BFA from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and his MFA from Montana State University in Bozeman. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of several awards including the McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists (1994, 2000). Tapola is an active member in several artist collaboratives including Paintallica, Free Art School, and the Northern Forest Brotherhood. He is the director and founding member of the Federation of Outlaw Creatives United (FOC-U). He teaches painting and drawing at St. Cloud State University and lives in St. Paul.

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.