Six McKnight Artists
McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community, as well as significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging.
The programs provide two forms of direct financial support to ceramic artists: two fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding mid-career Minnesota ceramic artists; four residency awards are granted each year to artists from outside Minnesota, for a three-month stay at Northern Clay Center.
Three individuals comprised the panel and selected the 2019 Fellows: Sharif Bey, PhD, associate professor of art at Syracuse University in New York; Linda Lighton, sculptor and founder and director of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program; and Sequoia Miller, PhD, head curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada.
The 2020 exhibition offering features work by two 2019 McKnight Artist Fellows and four 2018 McKnight Artist Residents. The fellowship artists used the grants to defray studio and living expenses, experiment with new materials and techniques, and build upon ideas within their current and past work.
The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists program and this exhibition are made possible by generous financial support from the McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
*Work by these artists will also be included in the 2021 exhibition McKnight Artists, to allow them to have an in-person exhibition