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News Release: 2012 McKnight Distinguished Artist selection process begins

February 14, 2012 - The McKnight Foundation invites nominations for its 15th Distinguished Artist Award.

The McKnight Foundation invites nominations for its 15th Distinguished Artist Award, in recognition of individual artists with enduring and exceptional careers. Nominations for the $50,000 award must be received by March 31, 2012.

The award honors one artist each year for having made a substantial impact on the arts in Minnesota over a lifetime. A panel representing a variety of artistic disciplines considers first and foremost the quality of nominated artists' work. Other considerations include the artist's commitment to his or her field, and ways the artist has enriched life for audiences and the community. The panel formally recommends one candidate to McKnight's board of directors for approval, and the recipient will be announced mid-year.

"Every year, the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award celebrates the career-long achievements of one individual Minnesota artist," says McKnight president Kate Wolford. "Each artist's story is unique, and each adds a dimension to the ever-changing portrait of Minnesota's family of artists."

The committee selects from a small pool of Minnesota artists that, in addition to the qualities described above, meet the following criteria:

If you know of an artist that meets these criteria, we invite you to send your nomination to Sarah Lovan, arts program administrator, at Nominations are retained. Candidates who do not receive the award in the year they are nominated will be reconsidered in subsequent years.

Previous McKnight Distinguished Artists:

For more information about the award, please visit the Distinguished Artist section of our website, or call the Foundation at 612-333-4220.

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Foundation had assets of approximately $1.9 billion and granted about $96 million in 2010.