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AUGUST 26, 2019
Minnesota Center for Book Arts Launches McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists
Two exceptional artists in the field of book arts will receive fellowships of $25,000 each
For the first time, two fellowships—which include an award of $25,000 each, as well as professional development experiences, opportunities to participate in national conferences, and public discussions with visiting critics and curators—will be available in 2020 to book artists living in the state of Minnesota.
The McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists is a yearlong program designed to give exceptional, mid-career Minnesota book artists the space and time to delve more deeply into their craft, exploring and expanding on the historical foundations of the “contained narrative.”
While fellowships in visual arts, writing, and music have been staples of the McKnight Artist Fellowship programs since 1982, book arts is a new area of support for the philanthropic foundation. A new partnership between the McKnight Foundation and Minnesota Center for Book Arts makes this possible.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the McKnight Foundation to launch the Fellowships for Book Artists, which will recognize the dynamic and diverse work of mid-career book artists in the state of Minnesota, and provide support structures to advance their careers on the national level,” says Elysa Voshell, Executive Director at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
ABOUT BOOK ARTS
Book artists blend disciplines such as bookbinding, letterpress printing, papermaking, screen printing, typography, and collage to create new structures and interpretations of the book. MCBA serves as a regional and national hub for new and practicing book artists, offering studio space, workshops, exhibitions, and events that champion these foundational art forms.
Fellows must have been a Minnesota resident one year prior to applying and must maintain residency during their fellowship year. Eligible candidates for the McKnight Fellowship for Book Arts will be at a stage in their career that is beyond emerging, meaning they will have already created a substantial body of work over a sustained period of time. Minnesota Center for Book Arts will administer the selection process next spring, as well as oversee programming throughout the year.
The $25,000 awards are unrestricted, allowing artists to set aside time for study, reflection, opportunities, new projects, experimentation, and exploration. Each fellow will benefit from Artist Collective membership during their fellowship year, which grants unlimited access to MCBA’s letterpress, papermaking, and binding studios.
Due to the rarity, expense, and scale of historical book arts equipment, open studio access is especially important to the advancement of book artists compared to those working in other disciplines. “Even for mid-career artists, the cost and space requirements of outfitting a studio can be prohibitive. Not everyone has a Vandercook press in their basement that they can print on, let alone an entire library of typefaces,” says Voshell.
Fellows will also receive studio visits from a national artist or critic in the field, funding for professional digital documentation of their artwork, a travel honorarium to attend a conference, and the opportunity to attend an artist residency. The two book arts fellows will also be featured participants of a public artist panel held at Open Book, the building that houses MCBA.
MCBA joins 12 other art organizations who partner with the McKnight Foundation annually and represent 14 disciplines ranging from dance and composition to writing and ceramics. The application period will be open from December 1, 2019 to March 1, 2020. Winners will be announced in May 2020.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts is a visual arts nonprofit organization that supports creative expression through traditional and contemporary book arts, including papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress printing. MCBA’s philosophy and artistic vision challenges its artist community to think beyond the traditional notion of “book.” Today, books can be bound and unbound, fabricated into sculptures, interpreted as metaphor, experienced as installation or performance, and interacted with virtually. What unites this varied work is a focus on the interdisciplinary expression of narrative. To learn more, visit our website at mnbookarts.org.
ABOUT THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION
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 1981. 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 $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit mcknight.org/artistfellowships.
Forecast is excited to accept grant applications from Minnesota-based individual early- and mid-career artists looking to advance their work in public art. Forecast seeks to fund a diverse group of artists working in a range of public art practices and media. Forecast places particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of artists of color, female artists, LGBTQ artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, and non-traditional public artists.
Join an info session to learn more about the grants Forecast offers. Unable to attend in person? Check out our Artist Support page and
watch this video with information on our grants, how we define public art,
and tips for writing your application.
Deadline to apply is October 16, 2019
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Staircase River Mural Painting Underway
The Montevideo Arts project is pleased to announce that after months of preparation, painting has commenced on a new river-themed mural on the public staircase on the north end of Main Street, Montevideo.
The public is invited to stop by and observe, but not distract, artist Victoria Fortenberry-Jones as she paints the mural over the next several days. A dedication ceremony for the new mural is planned for Sunday, September 8 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be free and will feature food, door prizes and a ribbon cutting ceremony.
This will be the fourth public art project organized by The Montevideo Arts Project (MAP), a volunteer organization of local citizens and City of Montevideo officials dedicated to advancing the inspiring power of art in public places. Artist Victoria Fortenberry-Jones design was selected from a number of proposals that were submitted to MAP in the late summer of 2018. In May 2019, Fortenberry-Jones held workshops with students and the public to solicit drawings of riverine fauna that could be included in the mural, which will transform the once nearly abandoned staircase into a flowing river.
Montevideo City Councilman Dan Sanborn and former City Manager Steve Jones worked with city crews who cleared brush around the publicly owned staircase in June. Entrepreneur Dennis Larson donated the rocks that were artfully placed along the staircase to enhance the river theme. Fortenberry-Jones worked with the city and Sanborn to prepare the steps for painting in July and now she has dedicated four days to complete the mural.
Fortenberry-Jones lives in Minneapolis and is an Art Educator who has worked in schools in Maple Grove, Brooklyn Center and Eden Prairie. This is her first public art mural.
The Montevideo Arts Project still needs to raise several thousand dollars to reach its budget for this project. A grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, which is being used to launch the project, requires local matching funds. Any individual or business donating $250 or more will get their name listed on a permanent sign that will be placed at the mural. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to MAP Project #4, City of Montevideo, PO Box 517. Montevideo, MN 56265.
The project is being made possible by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information, contact Tesa Siverhus Maus at the Montevideo Chamber of Commerce at (320)269-5527.
Patrick J. Moore
————————– Notes from SMAC:
The city of Montevideo received an Arts Legacy Project Planning Grant for this project, as well as an Art Legacy Project grant!
Art Legacy Project Planning Grants provide organizations in the SMAC region with up to $2,500 to plan for a specific large-scale project or activity that will create or advance a strong arts legacy in Minnesota. 20% cash match required. Deadlines for these grants run on a first-come, first-served monthly deadline:
1st of each month, August 2019-November 2019 & January 2020-April 2020, or until funds are expended. Find out more here: https://swmnarts.org/…/smac-gr…/arts-legacy-planning-grants/
After the planning grant, continue with an Art Legacy Project grant! To find out more about Art Legacy Project Grants, visit: https://swmnarts.org/…/smac-gran…/art-legacy-project-grants/
This activity is funded in part with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Deadline to submit is October 16, 2019. Applications are now open here: https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit
Thursday, August 29, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Juxtaposition Arts, 1108 West Broadway Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
*This info session is focused on grant writing, is led by Adrienne Doyle and Tori Hong, and is by and for Black/Indigenous/POC identified artists.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center/UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Room 107, Minneapolis, MN 55411
*This info session is led by Aki Shibata and is open to all artists.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Come Coffee + Chat with Jen Krava, Director of Programming + New Initiatives, to get 1-1/small group help with writing your Forecast Public Art grant.
9am – 10:30am
Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center/UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Room 125, Minneapolis, MN 55411
11am – 12:30pm
Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op, 1500 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
ABOUT THE GRANTS:
Mid-Career Project Grant [5 grants, $10,000 each]
This grant supports the creation of new, publicly accessible, temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, and more.
Mid-Career Professional Development Grant [2 grants, $5000 each]
This grant supports Minnesota-based mid-career artists seeking to expand or advance their careers in the field of public art. Funding can be used to support the development of a project idea or to participate in activities that will help applicants further their careers as public artists. Professional development activities can range from residencies to apprenticeships, conferences, travel, study, skill development, and the creation of project models or prototypes, as long as the overall outcome is to advance the applicant’s public art career. [See definition of mid-career below].
Early-Career Project Grant [2 grants, $8000 each]
These grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career Minnesota-based artist.
Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
NOTE: The project site must be secured by the application deadline (written documentation of site approval is required in the application).
Early-Career Research + Development Grant [4 grants, $2500 each]
These grants support early-career artists in public art related research and development or with the planning phase of freely accessible public art installation or activity in Minnesota. Activities could range from research to planning, community dialogues, site or budget development, or model building. R+D grants may be used for the development of proposals for other public or nonprofit agencies, however, they may not be used for private commissions.
Definitions, FAQ’s, grant writing tips, and more information is available at https://forecastpublicart.org/artist-support/
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mid-Career Professional Development Grants are made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation. The Early-Career Project Grants and Early-Career Research and Development Grants are made available with funding from the Jerome Foundation.
Minnesota State Arts Board Seeking Well Qualified Candidates for Percent for Art Program Officer Position
Intent to Apply for the 2020 Fellowships is due by Wednesday, September 4, 2019 (with the final application due in spring 2020). The Intent to Apply form is now open. Please share this info with your colleagues and collaborators.
We will be offering two webinars for all interested applicants.
Tuesday, August 13th, 5:00-6:00 pm
Monday, August 19th, 12:00-1:00 pm
These sessions, led by Program Director Mary Ellen Childs, will be accessed through the online meeting site, Zoom. RSVP to email@example.com, and you will be sent a link to enter the webinar by internet browser on a computer or smart phone.
This information session will be geared towards first-time applicants and focus on frequently asked questions regarding the application materials – – the artistic statement, resume and work sample. Participants will be able to ask questions via a chat feature, or are encouraged to submit a question by email when you RSVP.
If you plan to submit an Intent to Apply, be aware that local panelists are already in place and viewing performances. Please submit performance information to us using our online calendar forms:
Be sure to give us as much lead time as possible (4-6 weeks is optimal) so that panelists can get your performances on their calendars.
McKnight Fellowships is also happy to share the announcement of a new Fellowship being offered for Socially Engaged Artists. If your work falls into this arena, you can learn more about the program here: https://pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org/mcknight-artist-fellowships/
New Scholarship opportunity for Native American and Indigenous artists and leaders!
Springboard for the Arts is pleased to offer registration scholarships ($300 value) and travel support (up to $500 to help cover travel and/or lodging expenses) to Native American and Indigenous artists and leaders in the United States.
These scholarships are made possible with generous support from the Bush Foundation and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
➡️Learn more & request a scholarship for the 2019 Rural Arts & Culture Summit here: http://ruralartsandculturesummit.com/scholarship-opportuni…/