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Join us for an information session via Zoom on Monday, November 9, at 6 pm. RSVP here!

The application period is now open for the

2021 McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists!

Fellowship Period: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Applications open until Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5 pm



View a recording of the first info session here:

Need help filling out your application? Individual consultations available. Email Tracy at tkrumm@textilecentermn.org before November 3.

Artwork by Eun-Kyung Suh
Installation Detail by Liz Miller

It’s time to apply for the second year of our program for McKnight Artist Fellowships in Fiber Arts!

Fiber art is thriving in Minnesota, and the field’s growth as an artistic discipline was validated in 2019 by the McKnight Foundation’s expansion of its McKnight Artist Fellowships Program to include two $25,000 fellowships to be awarded each year to individual midcareer (and beyond!) fiber artists living and working in Minnesota.

The application process through Textile Center opens on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and will close Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST. The selection of the two 2021 McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists will be announced at the end of 2020.

In addition to the $25,000 unrestricted award in support of their studio work and practice, McKnight Fiber Artist Fellows will receive:

  • Critiques/studio visits with three critics from the field. (These are planned as virtual activities for now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
  • Exhibition at the end of the fellowship period in the Joan Mondale Gallery at Textile Center.
  • Participation in two public discussions that feature fellows and invited critics.
  • Professional development support, such as attending conferences, workshops, or marketing or exhibition assistance.
  • Photographic documentation of finished work.
  • Access to Textile Center’s resources, including library of more than 30,500 books and periodicals, state-of-the-art dye lab, dye garden, and artisan shop opportunities.
  • Professional support sessions from consultants at Springboard for the Arts.

The intent of the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists is to recognize and support talented Minnesota fiber and textile artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial, independent body of artwork created over a period of at least 8 years, representing a sustained investigation and maturation of personal creativity, accomplishment, and commitment to the field of fiber art. These fellowships are in support of individual artists who are at a career stage beyond emerging. Fiber Artists, as defined for the purposes of this fellowship, are artists who use textile and fiber arts materials, processes and/or sensibilities in their artistic practice throughout the conception, execution, and resolution of their work.

“Textile Center is honored to serve as its administrative partner for the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists,” says Textile Center Executive Director Karl Reichert. “This fellowship program is an exciting milestone for us, especially as we celebrate the role Textile Center has played in nurturing the field of fiber art in our region.”

“The expansion of the McKnight Artist Fellowships into the area of fiber arts is a tremendous opportunity and acknowledgement for our field,” says Textile Center’s Director for Artistic Advancement Tracy Krumm, who also serves as Textile Center’s program director for the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists. “As a former Visual Arts Fellow, I know that the caliber of work being done in the textile and fiber arts in Minnesota is really strong. The support to fiber and textile artists through these fellowships is a tremendous acknowledgement of our field by the McKnight Foundation. Applying for this incredible funding support means the chance at game-changing opportunities to develop as an artist and become part of the outstanding cohort of McKnight fellows, past and present.”

The application period for the 2021 Fellowships is now open. To be added to our email list for next year’s fellowship information, please email tkrumm@textilecentermn.org.



The McKnight Foundation, a family foundation based in Minnesota, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive.

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.

A focus on racial equity is at the heart of the McKnight approach to funding. Along with Textile Center, our organizations value diversity and equity, seeking to be inclusive and accessible to all applicants. We welcome and encourage applications from artists representing diverse cultural perspectives.

To learn more about McKnight Artist Fellowships, visit: mcknight.org/artistfellowships


  • Must have resided in Minnesota for at least 1 year prior to the application deadline (or since November 13, 2019).
  • Must maintain residency in Minnesota for the duration of the fellowship period, January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. Fellows who travel for work outside of the state during the fellowship year should be in the state for at least six months (at least 183 days) and should have a plan to return to Minnesota.
  • Must be mid-career (or beyond) with an extensive, independent body of artwork created over a period of at least 8 years, representing a sustained investigation and maturation of personal creativity, accomplishment, and commitment to the field of fiber art.
  • Must currently be producing work that falls within an arts context, related to the field of fiber and textiles through materials, process, or sensibilities.
  • Must demonstrate a high aesthetic level of artistic ability, strong consistency of expression, and an established personal voice over the course of their career.
  • Must have made a significant impact in the field of fiber art in the region, state, or nation as demonstrated by respect of peers and community, contributions to excellence, and public recognition of the art form through exhibiting, teaching, preserving and/or advocacy.
  • Must not have been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic discipline in the last 5 years.  (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 McKnight Fellows are ineligible.)
  • Must demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship.
  • Must not be current staff, board, or immediate family of Textile Center, the McKnight Foundation, or any of McKnight’s other fellowship administrative partners. Independent contractors and faculty are not considered staff and are therefore eligible to apply.
  • Must not be enrolled full-time in any academic program.

Note: Applicants to this fellowship program will not be eligible to apply for any other 2021 McKnight Artist Fellowships. You can only submit one application during each fellowship year. Please carefully consider which program best fits your work.  To view all of McKnight’s fellowship funding opportunities for the year, CLICK HERE.


Textile Center is pleased to announce the application period for the 2021 McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists. The intent of this program is to recognize and support individual mid-career (and beyond) fiber and textile artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence in the field.

CHROME BROWSER IS RECOMMENDED.  DO NOT USE A TABLET or IPAD for your application, as an error message may occur.

You should be able to access the complete guideline informational document and the application portal from the links above. If you have any issues, please email tkrumm@textilecentermn.org to have the links emailed to you.


  • If you need assistance writing a statement or preparing a resume or images, please click the link below for resources for assistance.
  • We recommend contacting Springboard for the Arts for in-depth assistance, with either their paid consultations or their free workshops.
  • 30 Minute consultations with Tracy Krumm at Textile Center, are available, for questions, clarification, and general assistance. Textile Center staff are unable to assist you with the actual preparation of your documents or your application, but will try to locate a volunteer to assist you if you need help.
  • Individual consultations will not be available after November 3, as preparations will begin for the juror phase of the application period.  However, there will be one final group ZOOM review and Q&A session with anyone who wants to join.  Date to be announced.



If you have questions regarding eligibility, guidelines, and application process for the 2021 fellowship process, please email Tracy Krumm, Director for Artistic Advancement


  • Application Open Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
  • Application Close Date: Friday, November 13, 2020, 5:00 pm CST
  • Applicant Selection & Notification: By December 31, 2020
  • Fellowship Dates: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021


  • Final Q&A Session before the submission deadline: Monday, November 9, 6 pm  RSVP HERE!
  • Individual consultations are available. Email Tracy at tkrumm@textilecentermn.org to set up a meeting. Space is limited, so don’t wait to the last minute!

Can’t make one of these dates? CLICK HERE to access a recorded info session!

Need help with filling out your application? Email Tracy at tkrumm@textilecentermn.org for technical help.

“McKnight Artist Fellowships increase the exploratory opportunity, economic stability, and productive capacity of artists by providing unrestricted cash awards and artistic and professional development opportunities for midcareer artists in Minnesota.”

—Arleta Little, Arts Program Officer and Director of Artist Fellowships

For the latest news on the application process, join our email list here.