Highlights include a Q & A with the 2009 McKnight photography fellows, reviews of a new collection by poet Deborah Gordon Cooper and recent performances by Megan Mayer and Penny Freeh, and the final 2009 mnLIT commission - a pair of poems by Greg Watson.
By aE 54.2: First Fruits
June 25, 2010

Mankato-based artist Amanda Smith will have a new exhibition of work at the Rochster Art Center, opening September 25. (Image: Grass Egress, graphite, charcoal, oil and acrylic on rag paper, 2009)

In this issue: First Fruits

Especially in these lean times, it's a happy occasion to offer congratulations to Minnesota's crop of newly named award-winning artists. The McKnight, Jerome, and Bush Foundations have been sending out a flurry of announcements about the recipients of this year's big-ticket fellowships and grants, given to artists and organizations working across a wide spectrum of disciplines. The first fruits of the recently passed Legacy Amendment are beginning to ripen across the state, as artists and organizations put those civic arts and cultural funds to use in their communities. With all the fellowship exhibitions and shows going on this summer, not to mention a variety of new arts programs specifically designed to engage the public, you have plenty of opportunities to see the results of such support for yourself in the coming weeks.

PLUS: Catch the new exhibition of work by the 2009 McKnight Photography Fellows at Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis through July 31

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