McKnight Printmaking Fellowships at Highpoint


The intent of this program is to recognize and support mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence in the field of printmaking. Two selected artists will receive:

  • An unrestricted $25,000 award

  • Access to Highpoint's state-of-the-art printshop

  • Technical support from the fellowship coordinator

  • Storage space for materials, use of inks and standard shop supplies

  • Access to Highpoint classes

  • Group discussions and critiques with local and national experts in the field

  • McKnight Printmakers' exhibition, public talk and reception at Highpoint

  • Professional digital documentation of exhibited artwork

  • Highpoint supporting membership

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have or maintain MN residency for at least one year prior to application and for the duration of the fellowship

  • Are mid-career with a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence

  • Can only apply to one McKnight Artist Fellowship in any artistic discipline within a year

  • Have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic discipline in the last five years

  • Demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship

  • Are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or fellowship administrative partners

  • Are not enrolled full-time in an academic program

  • Artists must demonstrate excellence in at least one or a combination of, traditional printmaking mediums (intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, monoprinting, or relief). Work may incorporate other materials but must be primarily printmaking. Any work submitted must be printed by the applicant artist

  • This fellowship is limited to mid-career, accomplished artists from Minnesota. Candidates must present a substantial history (5 years minimum) of participation in regional and national exhibitions, and receipt of grants, awards, or fellowships

  • Work must demonstrate a consistent level of excellence, achievement, and devotion to the art form

  • Applicants are not required to have a formal degree

Application Process

*The 2019 application period is closed, please check back in September for more information on the 2020 McKnight Printmaking Fellowships

Image sample - 10 examples of work made within the last 10 years. The images must display proficiency in lithography, intaglio, relief, monotype, screenprinting, and/or a combination of these processes. Images must be clear and professionally presented. Detail images will count against the allowable total of 10.
Images must be in JPEG or JPG format, under 5MB, and 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side.
Resume - maximum 5 pages. File should be no larger than 2mb. Acceptable formats are txt, pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, or jpg.
Artist Statement - maximum 2 pages. File should be no larger than 2mb. Acceptable formats are txt, pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, or jpg. Please describe your background, your approach to printmaking, and your work. Your statement should discuss your professional development as an artist and your goals for your work and this fellowship. A project budget is not required. 

Selection Process

A panel of two jurors will review applications remotely and select a group of finalists. Finalists will host the jurors for a studio visit after which the jurors will make their final decision. 

About the McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation is a Minnesota-based family foundation which seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations by using all its resources to attend, unite, and empower those they serve.