2019 McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists


2019 McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists

OPENS: Friday, January 25, 2019

DEADLINE: Friday, March 29, 12:00 p.m. (noon) CT.
Application link: https://mcad.submittable.com/submit
Download application guidelines: https://mcad.edu/sites/default/files/page/2019%20McKnight_Application_Gu...


The goal of the McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships program is to identify talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a McKnight Discussion Series featuring the fellows and invited critics, and by working with the fellows to create an individualized professional development plan.

The MCAD-administered fellowship program uses an independent jury of three arts professionals to competitively award six fellowships. The fellowship runs for two years, June 1, 2019–June 1, 2021, and includes:

  • $25,000 (unrestricted) Fellowship funding may be used to enhance any aspect of the artist’s life, such as overhead costs, the purchase of materials, travel, and other living expenses. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.
  • $3,000 (professional development) Funds may be used for publications, equipment/material purchases, travel expenses for research/workshops/conferences/residencies, shipping expenses for exhibitions, etc.
  • Access to MCAD’s facilities, library, and ½ off tuition for Continuing Education courses (one per semester).
  • First Year: Six studio visits from national critics/curators/arts professionals.
  • Second Year: Opportunity to invite three of the visiting critics back to participate in a McKnight Discussion Series where two fellows and a selected critic develop a dialogue related to their art practices.


You are welcome to attend a Jerome Information Session with Program Director Kerry Morgan. A video recording of an information session will be available online after February 15.

Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Two Rivers Gallery
1530 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

Applicants are also welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (in person or over the phone) with the program director or fellowship coordinator before submitting their applications online. To schedule a meeting please call 612.874.3667. Please note we will not be able to schedule one-on-one meetings the week prior to the deadline (March 25–29).

For further information, contact:

Kerry Morgan, Program Director
[email protected]

Melanie Pankau, Fellowship Coordinator
[email protected]

Opportunity Opens

Friday, Feb 22nd 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Mar 29th 2019, 12:00pm

Application Location

MN Artists