Artist Fellowships

McKnight Artist Fellowships Program


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, as a result of a statewide artist survey, McKnight raised its annual artist fellowship stipend from $10,000 to $25,000.

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.

Artists interested in the McKnight fellowship program should contact one of the organizations indicated below for guidelines, application deadlines, and further information. (The interdisciplinary artist fellowship program has been discontinued.)

Ceramic Artists
Northern Clay Center, 612-339-8007
Fellowships: Two $25,000 awards. Application and panel review.
National and International Residencies: Four $5,000 awards for a 3-month residency in Minnesota, plus $300 for a public workshop.

Choreographers

Northrop, 612-624-4473
Three $25,000 awards. Intent to apply form, application, and panel review of live performance.

Composers

American Composers Forum, 651-228-1407
Four $25,000 awards, plus the opportunity to spend one month at an artist residency site. Application and panel review.
National residencies: Two $15,000 awards for a two-month residency in Minnesota. Application and panel review.

Dancers

Northrop, 612-624-4473
Three $25,000 awards. Intent to apply form, application, and panel review of live performance.

Media Artists
IFP MN Center for Media Arts, 651-644-1912
Three $25,000 awards. Application and panel review.

Musicians
MacPhail Center for Music, 612-767-5586
Fellowships: Four $25,000 awards, plus an optional $2,500 each for a community project. Five additional finalists receive $1,000 for audition. Ensembles may apply. Application, audition, and panel review.

Playwrights
The Playwrights' Center, 612-332-7481
Fellowships: Two $25,000 awards. Application and panel review.
National residency and commission: One $12,500 award for a residency in Minnesota.

Theater Artists

The Playwrights' Center, 612-332-7481
Fellowships: Three $25,000 awards to actors, directors, theatrical designers, and others whose main body of work is primarily an element of theater production. Intent to apply form, application, and panel review of live performance.

Visual Artists

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 612-874-3667
Fellowships: Eight $25,000 awards. Application and panel review; panel visits finalists in their studios.

Writers

The Loft, 612-215-2575
Fellowships: Four $25,000 awards to writers of poetry or prose in alternating years. One award of $25,000 to a writer of children's literature. Application and panel review.

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