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State of the Artist Videos

In 2012, the McKnight Foundation asked Works Progress how they would approach the anniversary of the Artist Fellowship program. Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker from Works Progress wanted to introduce the complex and immediate stories of these artists where they are today, and give a glimpse of the variety of processes, practices, and experiences that artists encounter in their work.

How are public artists inspiring changes in systems, be they natural or built, civic or at the level of individual behavior? A short film about Minneapolis based environmental artist Christine Baeumler.

What does courage in the pursuit of a meaningful life look like to you? A short film about Minneapolis based artist Bill Cottman.

Brian Fink: This is Somewhere

Painter Brian Frink is challenging old notions of what constitutes, and traditionally separates, rural life and contemporary art.

What does courage in the pursuit of a meaningful life look like to you? A short film about Minneapolis based artist Bill Cottman.

What are the assumptions and lenses we bring to our everyday lives and how can art help us explore those together? A short film about Minneapolis based playwright, actor and director Aditi Brennan Kapil.

Mankwe Ndosi: Everyday Ways

For Mankwe Ndosi, art isn’t something made only in a studio or on a stage, but is integrated into the everyday. She sees art everywhere, and is always in the midst of an act of creation.

When the traditional ways of getting your work out there stop making sense, it helps to have something to fall back on. A short film about St. Paul based artist Carolyn Swiszcz.

What happens when four multi-disciplinary artists ask “What if”.