McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists


Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to partner with the McKnight Foundation to offer two fellowships to mid-career book artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate exceptional artistic merit and commitment to the field.

Fellowship benefits include:

        • Unrestricted $25,000 award
        • Two studio visits from a national critic/curator
        • Travel honorarium to attend one conference
        • Featured participation in an artist panel at Open Book
        • Funding for professional artwork documentation
        • Two years of MCBA studio access
        • Career consultation with Springboard for the Arts
        • Residency through the Artist Communities Alliance

The program is designed to award Minnesota book artists 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.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts values a culture of equity and inclusion and encourages artists with diverse cultural backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.

For further information, contact:

Anika Schneider, Director of Exhibitions & Artist Programs

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About the McKnight Artist Fellowships Program

Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1982. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 14 different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $2.8 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit

Read the McKnight Artist Fellowships Community Values.

About the McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Established in 1953, the McKnight Foundation is deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest; building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota; and supporting the arts in Minnesota, neuroscience, and international crop research.

Past Fellows

Mary Hark
Sonja Peterson

Paula McCartney
Lisa Nebenzahl