Highpoint is thrilled to announce the recipients pf the inaugural McKnight Fellowship for Printmakers; artists Jenny Schmid and Justin Quinn. Beginning in February 2019, the McKnight Printmaking Fellows receive awards of $25K, extensive access and support at Highpoint’s workshop, as well as studio visits with local and national arts professionals. Their fellowship will conclude with an exhibition at Highpoint in January 2020 and will feature conversations with the community about their work.
This Fellowship, funded with a generous grant from the McKnight Foundation, is open to mid-career Minnesota artists who work in printmaking — defined here as artists who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. The artists were selected on the basis of the artistic merit of their work, and their dedication, interest, and continued growth in the artistic field of printmaking.
Jenny Schmid lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she runs bikini press international and is a Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Art. She is represented by The Davidson Galleries in Seattle and her prints have been purchased for collections including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Block Museum, The Spencer Art Museum and the Library of Congress. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to Slovakia, the McKnight Fellowship, the Bush Artists Grant, a Jerome Film and Video grant and two Minnesota State Arts Board grants. Recent projects include live animation performances with Ali Momeni for the Vertice Festival in Mexico City and for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg University as well as a residency at The Frans Masereel Center in Belgium. Her solo exhibition of prints Wildness Lost exhibited in 2018 at the Davidson Galleries as well as the National Gallery and Gradska Galerija in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Justin Quinn received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and his MFA in printmaking and MA in art history from the University of Iowa. Justin is Professor of Art at St. Cloud State University where he has taught for twelve years, following five years at the University of North Texas in Denton. He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas and Satellite Berlin. Quinn’s work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art in Print, New American Paintings, The Minneapolis Star and Tribune, The Dallas Morning News and The San Francisco Chronicle, and he was included in the book Living and Sustaining a Creative Life edited by Sharon Louden. Recent exhibitions include the solo show King of Cardboard at the Conduit Gallery in Dallas and Word Dance : Selections from the Collection of Joann Gonzalez-Hickey at the Denver Art Museum.
We would like to thank our panelists Mary Weaver Chapin (left) the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Portland Art Museum and John Lukavic (right) the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts at the Denver Art Museum, who selected this pair of McKnight Fellows.
Finally, Highpoint Center for Printmaking extends deep gratitude to the McKnight Foundation for its support of this program.