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Nominations due for 2014 Distinguished Artist


February 18, 2014 - The McKnight Foundation invites nominations for its 17th Distinguished Artist Award.

The McKnight Foundation invites nominations for its 17th 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, 2014.

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.

Artists in all disciplines—including ceramics, dance, film, literature, music, theater, and visual arts—whose careers have made a substantial impact on the arts in Minnesota may be nominated. Artists must have worked in Minnesota over a span of decades, although they need not reside in Minnesota when nominated. Those from Minnesota who achieved their primary successes elsewhere, however, are not eligible. No one may receive the award more than once. No posthumous awards will be made.

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

For more information about the award, please visit the Distinguished Artist section of our website, or call the Foundation at 612-333-4220612-333-4220.

ABOUT THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION
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 $2 billion and granted about $86 million in 2013.