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The Minnesota Center for Photography owes its existence to a small group of talented and passionate photographers who were frustrated by the shortage of available exhibition space for photography. In 1990, this group of artists held their first show in warehouse space above an auto body shop in south Minneapolis. By 1992, the loosely organized group became an official arts organization named pARTs Photographic Arts, a reference both to its mission to provide exhibition space for local and regional photographers and to its proximity to warehoused auto parts.
By 2002, the artist-driven organization, which had moved to a slightly better location in the basement of an older office building on Lake Street, had evolved into one of the leading centers for photography in the Midwest. The exhibition program, while still focusing on the work of local and regional photographers, had broadened to include photographers from the rest of the United States as well as other countries. In order to more appropriately reflect its emerging reputation, its larger audiences, and its expanding mission, the organization changed its name to the Minnesota Center for Photography.
MCP/McKnight Photography Fellowships
Since 2006, Minnesota Center for Photography has hosted the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers Program. The McKnight Foundation, based in Minneapolis, provides support to individual artists working in numerous creative media as part of its overall interest in the health of communities in the state (arts funding represents only about a tenth of the foundation's giving). The Artist Fellowships are $25,000 awards given each year to mid-career artists residing in Minnesota. The photography program provides this support to four artists each year; awards are announced in June. Fellows exhibit their work at MCP following the conclusion of their Fellowship years.
March 31 – May 27 (8 weeks)
+ Photocentric 2007
+ MPG: Cathy ten Broeke, Picture Ending Homelessness
June 2 – July 29 (8 weeks)
+ One on One: Annabel Clark, Journal / Arlene Gottfried, Midnight
+ MPG: Burton Fialk, One Woman
August 4 – October 7 (9 weeks)
+ New Photography: McKnight Fellows 06/07
+ MPG: Eric Carroll, One Hour Photo
October 13 – November 3 (3 weeks)
+ PhotoBravo 2007: A Celebration of Photographic Art
+No MPG installation during PB07
November 17, 2007 – January 27, 2008 (10 weeks)
+ Three Gorges
+ MPG: Barb Nei
Community Center, Gallery, Nonprofit