Wednesday, February 13, 2008

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists 2008–09

Deadline: March 21, 2008 by 4:30 p.m. CT (RECEIVE) & (Online)

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists
Administered by Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists program is to identify outstanding Minnesota visual artists who have already proven their artistic abilities. The program supports such established artists by providing financial assistance, professional encouragement and recognition.

Applicants who do not meet all of the following criteria and expectations will not be considered and should not apply. You must:

1. Be a resident of Minnesota, as determined by voting and/or payment of taxes in the state.
2. Have lived in the state for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
3. Reside in the state until the end of the 12-month Fellowship period.
4. Be able to provide evidence of your professional achievements, such as inclusion in regional and national museums and gallery exhibitions and receipt of other awards, grants and fellowships.
5. Have at least six years of professional exhibition experience in group and/or solo shows. Exhibitions undertaken as part of a degree-seeking program at an institution of higher learning will not be considered, such as senior or thesis exhibitions, juried student shows, etc.
6. Demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment and excellence in your work.
7. Be willing to participate in all aspects of the Fellowship program, including meetings, a studio visit by an art critic, gallery talks and a group exhibition at MCAD Gallery.
8. Create work that falls within the areas of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, installation or multimedia. Multimedia is defined as the combination of a time-based art form (film, video, sound or animation) with another art form (sculpture, painting, photography, etc.).

Four $25,000 grants are awarded. Fellowships may be used for the purchase of materials, the production costs of artwork and to supplement living or travel costs. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.

Three jurors select the Fellows in two phases. An initial screening limits the prospective recipients to a field of semifinalists. Jurors make this first review by individually viewing digital images on monitors. Artists identified for final review are notified by the Program Office, and appointments are made for studio interviews with the jury.

How to Apply
There are two ways to apply to this Fellowship program. Please choose one of the following:

Option 1: online application
You may directly upload all images and documents to the Program Office through a password-secured Web site. Go to to access the online application site.

Option 2: CD-ROM/paper application
You may apply by sending a CD-ROM with the application form provided here to the Program Office in an envelope by mail or courier service. You may also deliver these materials by hand to MCAD’s Mailroom on the second floor of the Main Building.
Applicants who choose Option 2 must submit their CD-ROM and completed and signed application form in an envelope to:

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Fellowships will be announced no later than June 9, 2008.

Download the application (contains complete details):

Visit the website: McKnight Fellowship

For further information, contact:

Kristin Makholm
Program Director
(612) 874-3667

Program Assistant
(612) 874-3803