McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists


The application period for the 2021 McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists closed at 12pm on March 1, 2021.

About the McKnight Artist Fellowships Program

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 1982. 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 $2.8 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit

Click here to read about the McKnight Artist Fellowships Community Values.

In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, MCBA is thrilled to recognize and support mid-career book artists living and working in Minnesota with these transformative fellowships. MCBA administers two Fellowship awards annually, allowing Minnesota book artists to set aside time for study, reflection, opportunities, new projects, experimentation, and exploration. 

Fellowship benefits include:

        • An unrestricted $25,000 award
        • Funding for professional digital documentation of artwork
        • MCBA Artist Collective membership during fellowship year
        • Two studio visits from a national critic/curator/artist
        • Featured participation in a public artist panel at Open Book
        • Travel honorarium to attend one conference during the fellowship year
        • Opportunity to attend an artist residency program 

The program is designed to award Minnesota book artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a sustained period of time, and are at a stage in their career that is beyond emerging.

For further information, contact:

Anika Schneider, Director of Exhibitions & Artist Programs

Past Fellows

Our inaugural fellowship year was 2020. See who won the 2020 McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists!

About the McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Established in 1953, the McKnight Foundation is deeply committed to advancing climate solutions in the Midwest; building an equitable and inclusive Minnesota; and supporting the arts in Minnesota, neuroscience, and international crop research.