Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pillsbury Auditorium

Free, but ticketed.

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.


Emily Liebert
 is the curator of Contemporary Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art where she curated Raúl de Nieves: Fina and co-curated Kerry James Marshall: Works on Paper with Reto Thüring. Currently, in collaboration with Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, she is organizing Ámà: The Gathering Place by Emeka Ogboh, and editing its catalogue. Before coming to the CMA, Liebert served as curatorial assistant at the Museum of Modern Art and worked on the traveling retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends (2017) and contributed to its catalogue. She curated Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s “Selves” (2013), which opened at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Previously, at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, Liebert was coordinator for education and public affairs. She holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Columbia University. At Columbia, Liebert taught in the Department of Art History and in its School of the Arts. Her art criticism has appeared in Artforum and Frieze.

Jim Denomie was born in Hayward, Wisconsin and is a member of the Lac Court Oreilles Band of Ojibwe. Currently, he lives and works in Franconia, Minnesota. Primarily a painter, his narrative work focuses on political, social, and cultural issues (both current and historical). In 1995 he received a BFA degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and since has shown in over 120 exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. A recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships, his work is also in the permanent collections of numerous museums as well as many other public and private collections.

Chris Larson is a multi-media artist based in St. Paul and an Associate Professor of Art and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Larson is the publisher of INREVIEW, a print publication presenting critical responses to art in the Twin Cities. Recently he also co-founded Second Shift Studio Space of St. Paul, a nonprofit residency program and gallery serving artists in the Twin Cities that identify as female. He received his BFA from Bethel College and his MFA from Yale University.

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.