Submission Deadline

Friday, March 30, 2018, noon (12:00 p.m.) CT
All applications must be submitted online.

You will not be able to upload files after noon (12:00 p.m.) CT. Please plan ahead to make sure your system is compatible with the application process. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Jury Panel

A three-member panel consisting of experienced and well-respected arts professionals selects the McKnight Fellows. The jurors are artists, curators, directors, art critics, and educators with an appreciation for and knowledge of diverse aesthetic perspectives and contemporary art practices. All panelists are from outside Minnesota. Panelists, insofar as possible, represent a diversity of age, ethnicity, gender, and geography.

The McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship panelists remain anonymous during the selection process. The names of the panelists are revealed once the fellowship recipients are announced.

Review Process

Applicants are evaluated and selected based on the quality of their work as evidenced in submitted materials, most importantly work samples. Consideration is given to accomplishments to date as well as promise for continued development and the impact the fellowship will have on the artist. The panel are asked to consider the breadth of artistic practice among Minnesota artists, which can include a wide range of media, aesthetics, and traditions that might be influenced by ethnicity, gender, or geography.

First Round

The jury panel reviews submissions in the form of digital images viewed on a monitor for the first round. Their decisions will be tabulated and the 25-30 applicants with the highest numerical score will move onto the next round.

Second Round

In a conference call the three jurors discuss the top 25-30 applicants. Those applicants receiving the greatest interest will be contacted to schedule studio visits. Email notification will be sent to all applicants not progressing to the final round (studio visits) by Friday, May 11.

Studio Visits for Finalists

The Program Director will notify by phone the artists identified for final review by Friday, May 11. The jurors will conduct studio visits on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26. The Program Director will work with any finalist whose studio is outside the Twin Cities to make alternative arrangements to meet the jurors.


Upon completion of the studio visits, the Program Director will call the eight Fellowship recipients and email the other finalists of the results. The Program Office will notify all applicants via email of the jurors’ final decision no later than Monday, June 11, 2018.

MCAD fellowship staff that oversee the McKnight Fellowship program do not contribute to the decision-making process or the selection of the McKnight Visual Artist Fellows. The role of the staff is to provide clarity for the review process and to ensure that the panel review and discussion proceed in accordance with the program's guidelines.