Application Requirements

Download a copy of the 2017 McKnight guidelines here.

All applications must include the following:

Ten (10) images

You must provide documentation of ten recent work samples (preferably within the last six to ten years) as digital image files. You may choose to include full and detail shots, but each file counts as one of the ten total images. Please do not submit composite images unless absolutely necessary and with prior fellowship office approval. In an effort to ensure artist anonymity, do not add your name anywhere to the image (an artist's signature on the piece is fine). Each juror reviews applications individually, one image at a time, on their personal computer monitor.

Image specifications

Image files should be saved in JPEG format (the filename will end with .jpg) at 72 ppi, exactly 1920 pixels at the longest side, and no larger than 1.8 MB. Please see the Help / FAQs section to learn how to properly format your images to these specifications.

You will be asked to provide the following information for each work sample submitted: the title of the work; medium or media; dimensions of the actual image or object; and its date (year) of creation. You can also add a brief 400-character annotation describing the medium, context, or installation of a particular work.

Video options

You may submit up to two video links from YouTube to the application site. To use YouTube you will need to register for a free account. For information about how to so this, please go to: youtube.com. Each video should not be more than three (3) minutes in length.

Video submissions should supplement, not replace or extend, the ten still images. Therefore, any video, kinetic, or time-based work referenced in a multimedia installation must be indicated by at least one still image in the sequence of ten. Because of the blind jury process, ideally there should be no voiceover narration, artist appearance, or name included in the video submission, but it is allowable when necessary and integral to the work. Applicability of video submissions will be subject to review by the Program Office; walk-throughs or walk-arounds of static works or documentation of additional works not included in your ten still images will result in the video being removed from your application.

Additional PDF attachment (optional)

For artists’ work that involves text, book arts, didactics, or texts that are unreadable in the images submitted. There is an option to upload an additional PDF. Please limit pages to no more than five. The PDF attachment should supplement, not replace or extend, the ten still images. Therefore, any work referenced in the PDF must be indicated by at least one still image in the sequence of ten. Applicability of video submissions will be subject to review by the Program Office.

Résumé

Submit a current résumé that highlights your professional accomplishments and achievements, including exhibitions, awards, and grants. DO NOT include your name, home or studio address, phone number or e-mail address on the résumé or statement.

Save your résumé as a Microsoft Word document (.doc), plain text file (.txt), PDF (.pdf), or in Rich Text Format (.rtf).

Statement

Submit a current artist statement about your work (no longer than one page). It may provide information about your background, the development or current direction of your work, your future artistic direction, or other information you would like to present to the panel. Please include some indication as to future artistic direction so the jurors will have some idea how the fellowship would affect you and your work. Do not include your name, home or studio address, phone number or e-mail address on the résumé or statement.

Technical questions regarding image sizing, resolution, software requirements and other concerns are addressed in the Help / FAQs section.