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2020 McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists

Applications now open! Apply by Friday, November 8 at 5 pm.


NEXT INFO SESSION: Indigenous Roots Gallery (788 E 7th St, St Paul) on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

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

The application process through Textile Center will open on Monday, September 9, 2019, and will close Friday, November 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST. The selection of the first two McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists will be announced at the end of 2019.

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.
  • 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 and curators.
  • Professional development support, such as attending conferences, workshops, and marketing advice for their work.
  • Access to Textile Center’s resources, including library of more than 30,500 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, 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 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 have been selected by the McKnight Foundation to serve as its administrative partner for the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists,” says Textile Center Executive Director Karl Reichert. “We are thrilled to launch these fellowships during our 25th anniversary year. 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.”

“As a midcareer fiber artist and a former McKnight Visual Arts Fellow, the expansion of the McKnight Artist Fellowships into the area of fiber arts is fantastic news,” says Tracy Krumm, Textile Center’s Director for Artistic Advancement. “The caliber of work being done in the field is really strong, and the desire for participation in the McKnight fellowship program is one shared by countless artists in our community. The chance to apply 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.”

Krumm will serve as Textile Center’s program director for the McKnight Fellowships for Fiber Artists, with support from Rebeca Hulme, Textile Center’s Adult Education and Fellowship Associate. Please contact Tracy Krumm for more information, 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


  • Application Open Date: Monday, September 9, 2019

  • Application Close Date: Friday, November 8, 2019, 5:00 pm CST

  • Applicant Selection & Notification: By December 31, 2019

  • Fellowship Dates: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020



  • First Info Session: Textile Center auditorium on Monday, September 16, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

  • Info Session: Indigenous Roots Gallery (788 E 7th St, St Paul) on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

  • Last Info Session: Textile Center auditorium on Monday, October 28, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Artists who are eligible for these fellowships:

  • Must have resided in Minnesota for at least 1 year prior to the application deadline (or since November 8, 2018).
  • Must maintain residency in Minnesota for the duration of the fellowship period, January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.
  • Must be midcareer 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.  (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 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 in any degree-seeking program at any educational level.

Note: Applicants to this fellowship program will not be eligible to apply for any other 2020 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 McKnight Fellowship for Fiber Artists. The intent of this program is to recognize and support midcareer fiber and textile artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence in the field.







If you have questions regarding eligibility, guidelines, and application process, please contact:

Tracy Krumm
Director for Artistic Advancement
Textile Center

“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

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