Designed to recognize outstanding mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota, the fellowships include a $25,000 stipend to enable fellows to spend time on study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; and/or work on a new project. Administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists were awarded to conceptual artist Harriet Bart; installation artist Andy DuCett; David Goldes, whose work explores the intersections of art and science; documentary photographer/video artist Terry Gydesen; printmaker Jeremy Lundquist; sculptor and conceptual artist Tamsie Ringler; multimedia artist Piotr Szyhalski; and Bruce Tapola, director of the Federation of Outlaw Creatives United.
The recipients of the McKnight Composition Fellowships, which are administered by the American Composers Forum, are deVon Russell Gray, whose socially conscious work spans orchestral and operatic works to jazz and hip-hop; Linda Kachelmeier a composer, conductor, and professional singer with a passion for choral music and art song; Andrea Mazzariello, who works at the intersections of text and sound, popular and art music, traditional playing technique and one-man-band-inspired performance physiology; and Jake Runestad, who has created works for orchestra, wind ensemble, chorus, chamber ensembles, and opera.
Administered by the Playwrights' Center, 2017-18 McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships were awarded to Bart Buch, a puppet director and designer who focuses on interpreting poetry into puppet performances; Katharine Horowitz, a sound designer known for layered effects and soundscapes; and actor Regina Marie Williams, a Penumbra Theatre company member and a Ten Thousand Things core member.
And the McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and Dancers, which are administered by the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, were awarded this year to theater/flamenco choreographer, dancer, and teacher Susana di Palma; Brownbody founder Deneane Richburg, who has created works for performance both on ice and stage; SuperGroup, a performance collaboration of Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson, and Jeffrey Wells; hip-hop dancer Herb Johnson III; freelance performer Krista Langberg; and flamenco dancer Sachiko "La Chayí" Nishiuchi.