Still from the Knife by Jake Yuzna
Still from the Knife by Jake Yuzna

Jake Yuzna ’05 has been named a McKnight Media Artist Fellow for 2019. He is one of four artists to receive this award.

Currently, Yuzna is a director, curator, and educator. His debut film OPEN premiered at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Teddy Jury Prize. From there it won awards at NewFest, OutFest, and TLV Fest. In addition, he has received the Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award in Directing by the American Film Institute, a Special Jury Award for Artist Risktaking from IFP, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Creative Capital Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Frameline Foundation, among others.

The McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists support mid-career artists residing in Minnesota whose work is of exceptional artistic merit. The $25,000 fellowships will enable these four artists to study, reflect, experiment, and explore over a twelve month period with support and assistance from FilmNorth and the McKnight Foundation.

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