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2022 McKnight Fiber Artist Fellows: Moira Bateman & Blair Treuer

Fellowship Period:
January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

"Watershed" by Moira Bateman
"Gather Resources" and "Isaac" by Blair Treuer

Moira Bateman

Moira Bateman creates assemblages from silk, stained with waterway sediments. Her chosen fabrics are soaked for days, months, and even years in the waters, mud, and sediments of rivers, lakes, and bogs of Minnesota. Past collaborative projects with authors, poets, theater makers, and scientists have monitored and documented the conditions of Minnesota’s watersheds. Bateman’s work has been exhibited across region including the Minnesota Museum of Arts, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. By Way of Water was presented as a solo installation at the Bowery Gallery in New York City in 2019, and her work was recently featured in a virtual exhibition at the Integral Museum of Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Siberia. She holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Currently, her studio is located in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District in the Northrup King Building.


Blair Treuer

Blair Treuer is a storyteller from rural northern Minnesota, who paints with fabric and draws with thread – beginning with blankets for her children’s participation in Native American ceremony, to her current series’ of portraits that explore intimate and spiritual aspects of life. Her work both celebrates and juxtaposes her white American culture and her husband and family’s traditional indigenous culture, to address a range of challenging topics. Treuer’s award winning works have been exhibited at numerous venues across the country and internationally, including the Bloomington Art Center, the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, Art Center Sarasota, FL, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, Yellowstone Museum of Art, Billings, MT, and the Art3 Paris Expo and Borders Art Fair 2020 in Venice. Her work has been recognized with both a Region 2 Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant and an Individual Artist grant, and she continues her practice in her studio in Bemidji.


Annie Carlano

Annie Carlano is the Senior Curator of Craft, Design and Fashion at the Mint Museum. Carlano was formerly senior curator at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, and department head and curator of Costumes & Textiles at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a master’s degree in art history from Università Degli Studi in Florence, Italy. Carlano is an internationally known scholar who has published and lectured on a wide variety of topics related to fine art and craft. Her recent books include Sleeping Around: The Bed from Antiquity to Now and Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection. Other writing and editing projects include One Work: Sheila Hicks at the Mint (ed., 2012) and William Ivey Long: 2007-2016 (contributing writer and ed., 2017).


Kyoung Ae Cho

Kyoung Ae Cho is a fiber artist who is engages in conversation with nature, respectfully incorporating natural elements, recycled matter, and low-valued materials that she has gathered.  Her work, a poetic juxtaposition of natural wonder with sensual delight and fragile existence, has been exhibited in national and international venues including Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI; Muskegon Museum of Art, MI; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI; Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Raleigh, NC; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE; Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA; Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; Carnegie Art Museum of Oxnard, CA; Poikilo-museot, Kouvola, Finland; Textilemuseum, Tilburg, Netherlands; National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan; Cheongju Craft Museum, Cheongju, South Korea; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kwachon, South Korea.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Lillian Elliott Award, the Quilt National Award of Excellence, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, a UWM Foundation and Graduate School Research Award, and a Wisconsin Arts Board Award Fellowship.  Cho currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Jenni Sorkin

Jenni Sorkin writes on the intersections between gender, material culture, and contemporary art. Her recent book is Art in California (2021), written for Thames & Hudson’s acclaimed World of Art series. Her first book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community (University of Chicago Press, 2016) examined the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics. Recent projects include the essay “Affinities in Abstraction: Textiles and Otherness in 1970s Painting,” in Outliers and American Vanguard Art. Lynne Cooke, ed. (Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2018) and “Alterity Rocks: 1973-1993,” Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now. Maggie Taft and Robert Cozzolino, eds. (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2018). She has published widely as an art critic, and her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Journal, Art Monthly, East of Borneo, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters and Third Text. Sorkin currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Modern Craft, and has served as a member of the editorial boards of Art Journal and Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. She is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2014-15), the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design (2012), the Getty Research Institute (2010-11), and the ACLS/Luce Fellowship in American Art (2008).  She is currently an Associate Professor in the History of Art and Architecture at UC Santa Barbara.


Fiber art is thriving in Minnesota, and the field’s growth as an artistic discipline now includes the McKnight Artist Fellowships Program, which provides two $25,000 fellowships to be awarded each year to individual midcareer fiber artists living and working in Minnesota.

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

  • Critiques/studio visits with four critics from the field.
  • Exhibition at the end of the fellowship period in the Joan Mondale Gallery at Textile Center.
  • Professional photographic documentation of work at the end of the fellowship period.
  • Participation in two public discussions that feature fellows and invited critics and curators.
  • Professional development support, such as attending conferences, workshops, and marketing advice for their work; plus consultation sessions from artist career consultants at Springboard for the Arts on topics of your choice.
  • The opportunity to participate in an artist residency in partnership with McKnight and Artist Communities Alliance.
  • Membership to Textile Center and access to Textile Center’s resources, including library of more than 32,000 books and periodicals, state-of-the-art dye lab, and artisan shop opportunities.

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. 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. The fellowships are funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by Textile Center.


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 mcknight.org/artistfellowships.


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. mcknight.org

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

“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 (former)

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