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2021 McKNight Fellowships for Book Artists Applications open until March 1

The application period for the 2021 McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists is open until March 1, 2021. 

In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts will recognize and support mid-career book artists living and working in Minnesota with these transformative fellowships. MCBA administers two Fellowship awards annually, allowing Minnesota book artists to set aside time for study, reflection, opportunities, new projects, experimentation, and exploration. 

Fellowship benefits include:

    • An unrestricted $25,000 award
    • Funding for professional digital documentation of artwork
    • MCBA Artist Collective membership during fellowship year
    • Two studio visits from a national critic/curator/artist
    • Featured participation in a public artist panel at Open Book
    • Travel honorarium to attend one conference during the fellowship year
    • Opportunity to attend an artist residency program 

The program is designed to award Minnesota book artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a sustained period of time, and are at a stage in their career that is beyond emerging.
For further information, contact:

Torey Erin, Director of Exhibitions and Artist Programs
Terin@mnbookarts.org 
612-215-2528

or visit their website here.

Eligibility

  • Have or maintain Minnesota residency for at least one year prior to application and for the duration of the fellowship year.
  • Are mid-career with a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. 
  •  Can only apply to one McKnight Artist Fellowship in any artistic discipline within a year.
  • Have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic discipline in the last five years. (Additionally, if applicant is a past McKnight Artist Fellow, they must demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship.)
  •  Are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or fellowship administrative partners. 
  •  Are not enrolled full-time in an academic program. 

What are book artists? Book arts is a family of processes that includes but is not limited to letterpress printing, screen printing, intaglio, bookbinding, box-making, papermaking, or paper decoration. Book art, broadly defined, includes work that embodies narrative, instruction, reference, mapping, guides, documentation, and more. It is work that engages the viewer and propels the experience forward through narrative, sequencing, spatial elements, visual or verbal language, temporal, mechanical, aural, typographic, symbolic or material means. As an interdisciplinary art form, book arts may include other mediums such as photography, other forms of printmaking, installation, sculpture, and film.

MCKnight Fellowships for Media Artists — Accepting Applications until March 15

FilmNorth is now accepting applications for the McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists. Four $25,000 fellowships will be awarded to Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

Eligible applicants include directors and writers in film, television, and streaming; radio producers; and creative artists in web, computer/video games, and other emerging forms of media.

You can find all the info here:

Upcoming Opportunities: McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting, Core Writer Program, McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship

The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting is for Minnesota-based, mid-career writers. The fellowship provides development and career support along with a $25,000 award. The deadline for this program is January 14, 2021.


Playwrights may also be interested in the Core Writer Program, which is open to any playwright in the US and provides three years of career and development support. The application deadline is January 21, 2021.

Minnesota-based theater artists other than playwrights (e.g. actors, directors, designers, etc.) can apply for the McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship. Interested applicants can declare an intent to apply at any time, and will be notified about special workshops that the Minnesota Playwrights’ Center is holding about creating a digital work sample and an artist statement. This program provides a $25,000 award, and the deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.

The Playwright’s Center 2301 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis

Applications for all programs are accepted online, and there is no fee to apply. More information is available at the Playwrights’ Center website here. Questions? Contact Julia Brown at  juliab@pwcenter.org or
715-225-2372.

upcoming deadlines for Individual Artist Grants, Arts Project grants, Arts Equipment for Schools Grants, and Arts Legacy Grants

APPLY TODAY! Individual Artist Grants of up to $5,000 — deadline has been extended to October 28! Arts Project grants of up to $3,000.00, Arts Equipment for Schools Grants for $3,000, and Arts Legacy Grants for up to $10,000 have a November 1 deadline!

Individual adult artists can apply by October 28 (deadline has been extended) for a NWMAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant of $5,000.00 or if your project has a very strong community focus, you can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000.00.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

Project grants are awarded to individuals. To be eligible you must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age.  College tuition is not an eligible expense.  This is the main category that individuals use to support their artistic business or advance their technical skills. This category is for non-hobby artist. Grants are awarded annually with $1,500 going to four individuals and $5,000 going to four individuals.  Support for this program comes from The McKnight Foundation. The deadline this year is October 28 for $5,000 level applicants and November 15th this year for $1,500 level applicants.

You absolutely must reside in our service region in northwestern Minnesota. In the case of college students, your school or your home mailing address must be in our region.  Our region covers the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.

To start your application, login at our Grants Portal here.

Individual adult artists can apply for an Individual Artist Grant of up to $5,000. The deadline to apply this year is October 28. There is also a November 15 deadline for individual artist grants up to $1,500.

The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. These grants are a maximum of $10,000 with a required cash match.    

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000 with a required cash match. These grants have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.

Arts Equipment for Schools Grants are considered a special category of our Arts Project Grant Program. This grant allows schools to purchase artistic equipment for their art room, theater, band room, etc. Equipment that is used solely for the pursuit of arts like a kiln or theater lights, or a band instrument has a better chance of being funded. There is one annual deadline for this grant on November 1. Grants of up to $3,000 are awarded with a 25% cash match requirement.

Schools in our seven-county region can also apply now for an Artist Residency grant of $2,100 plus an additional $400 if the residency needs supplies. Our teaching artist roster online is a great resource to view artists available to teach in our area.  Go to our www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org website and click teaching artist roster on the left navigation bar. Another resource to view artists available to enhance curriculum is COMPAS.     

Also available on a first come-first served basis are Quick Turn Around Grants for $500. The NWMAC is currently awarding Quick Turn Around grants for COVID-19-related relief for artists in northwest Minnesota. These grants are for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic. Use the Quick Turn Around application in the Individual Artist grants. Who is eligible? Performing artists, writers, media artists, fine craft artists, and visual artists can apply if they are a permanent resident of our seven-county service area of Northwest Minnesota.

We are offering grant writing workshops online to assist you with your application. You are also welcome to come to our office in Warren to work on your grants in our new setting, as we have social distance protocols in place. RSVPs are required for grant writing sessions to receive a link and/or talk about protocols for attending at our office in person email director@nwartscouncil.org

  • Thurs, Sept 17  Grant writing for individuals at 3:30 pm
  • Tues, Sept 29  Grant writing for anyone at 3:30 pm    
  • Wed, Oct 14  Grant writing for schools at 3:30 pm & organizations at 5pm
  • Wed, Oct 28  Grant writing for individuals at 3:30 pm & organizations at 5pm

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it. For more information, email director@nwartscouncil.org or call 218-745-8886.  

                                   

Northwest Star Award Winner is Joe Wavra

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls has been selected as the 2020 Northwest Minnesota Star Artist of the Year for his lifetime achievement in wood carving. Wavra received his award at a program in Red Lake Falls.

Wavra is a self-taught chainsaw carver and owner of Klondike Carvings. His carvings include life-sized Vikings, trolls, Voyageurs, Wind Spirits, walleyes, and eagles. He has had no formal training. Fifteen years ago, he started with small hand tools and then progressed into chainsaws. He has been a full-time carver for 5 years. 

A prolific artist and community-minded, Wavra has created many carvings for communities in our region, including benches on trails in Red Lake Falls, sculptures, and trolls throughout Thief River Falls. He’s also been one of the organizers of Summerfest. Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Board Chair Briana Ingraham said, “he’s always willing to donate carvings to fundraising events for families in need or community events.”

Asked about his creative process, Wavra said, “Practice, practice, repetition, muscle memory. Shut the critical part of your mind off and let the creative part go.” Wavra doesn’t draw the design beforehand. He just starts. “It was a natural for me. I take out the parts that are in the way – it’s already in there. I just need to reveal it.”

Red Lake Falls Summerfest Chair Janet Wiskow explained, “Joe has shown over his many years here that he is an avid artist who is always willing to let others see how he creates his masterpieces, always willing to ensure his art is accessible to others, and is always willing to help our community thrive. He has been instrumental in the success of Summerfest.”

Red Lake Falls Mayor Allen Bertilrud shared that Wavra’s “artwork has added a unique beauty to our little town… Making art accessible to the young, the old, and everyone in between. He draws on our cultural history and memorializes it for the next generation. He has done so much over his long career to bring our past, our heritage, and our northwest Minnesota wildlife to life in his sculptures.”

The Northwest Star Artist Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. Of the Year Award winners are nominated by area residents. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. Funding for the Northwest Star comes from the McKnight Foundation.  

Congratulations Joe Wavra on winning the Northwest Star Award!