“Support for individual artists has been a cornerstone of The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program since it began in 1981. We believe that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time. A fellowship can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project.
Currently, the Foundation contributes about $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships, and additional funds support individual artists in Greater Minnesota. In 2000, McKnight raised its average annual artist fellowship stipends from $10,000 to $25,000. This change was made in response to a statewide artist survey we conducted, which revealed difficult financial conditions among many Minnesota artists. The survey results, 6 questions/2,430 answers, are available online in Macromedia Flash format.
With the exception of the annual Distinguished Artist Award, the Foundation delegates administration of the fellowships to artist service agencies and arts organizations around Minnesota. In partnership with the Foundation, these organizations structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.”
2007 Fellows Chosen
Minnesota Center for Photography, the new administrative host for the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers Program, is pleased to announce the recipients of the MCP/McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers:
The winners were chosen from 127 original applications. Each of these artists will receive $25,000 in Fellowship support plus an exhibition at MCP in late summer 2008. Congratulations to all of you!
This year’s review panel consisted of the following three individuals:
Karen Halverson, photographer, North Chatham, NY
Toby Jurovics, curator of photography, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, photographer, teacher, Providence, RI
To view a list of previous winners by year, click here.