Art Speaks: Celebrating the 2023 McKnight Fellows in Fiber Art

Marjorie Fedyszyn: Open Work

Delina White: Blanket Teachings

Part of The Great Northern Festival 2024!

Tuesday, January 30, 6 – 7:30 pm • at Textile Center

This event follows the Artist Reception for the exhibition, 5 – 6 pm, at Textile Center

Join us for engaging IN-PERSON presentations and conversation celebrating the work and vision of 2023 McKnight Fiber Art Fellows Marjorie Fedyszyn and Delina White in conjunction with their exhibitions- Blanket Teachings (White) and Open Work (Fedyszyn) at Textile Center January 16–April 6, 2024. Intimate and intensive connections with materials, techniques, and personal traditions and histories are at the heart of both of their creative practices. Each has proliferated in their studios this past year with the support of the McKnight Artist & Culture Bearer Fellowships and we are thrilled to be the host venue for their newest works.

This event is a part of the The Great Northern series of events, celebrating cold, creative winters with programming that invigorates mind and body.

About the Fellows

Marjorie Fedyszyn addresses the universal experiences of loss and human vulnerability, and the palpable tension around it, through her sculptural practice in textiles. Careful attention to process and the inherent properties of materials informs her creative vocabulary for this work, which simultaneously expresses ideas from broad environmental concern to personal grief and introspection. Using traditional craft techniques such as paper-making, hand stitching, and felt-making, Fedyszyn’s forms and installations emerge as emotional histories that investigate ideas of control and the realms of the personal and the global. Her work has been exhibited regionally and throughout the US, including at the Silverwood Park Gallery in St. Anthony, Hopkins Center for the Arts, South Dakota Museum of Art, Duluth Art Institute, Sebastopol Arts Center in California, and the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, KY. Fedyszyn has been a Jerome Visual Arts Fellow and a Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grantee, and has received two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants to support her work.

Delina White is a Native apparel designer, beadwork artist, and enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Grounded in the traditional designs of the Great Lakes Woodland Anishinaabeg, her artist-designed fabrics utilize contemporary materials in her wearable works. As an intergenerational, cultural knowledge keeper, White communicates the values and beliefs of the original people of the Great Lakes Woodlands as passed from her grandmother and her grandmother before her, using apparel as a catalyst to widen approaches of learning, research, and creative exploration with her community. She has produced and participated in numerous fashion shows, including Northern Lights: A Native Nation Fashion Night in Minneapolis, the SW Association of Indian Arts fashion shows, and Walker Art Center’s 2Spirit Fashion Show. White was recognized as one of six Star Tribune 2019 Artists of the Year for her work with Hearts of Our People, Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ landmark exhibition, and was named a 2020 Artist in Business Leadership Fellow by the First Peoples Fund. She has also been recipient of a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship and a US Artists Fellowship in Traditional Arts.