The Minneapolis of College and Design has announced the four artists selected to receive the 2009-10 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists:
Michael Kareken paints urban landscapes filled with metal scraps, rusted debris and piles of recyclable goods. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College in 1986 and is an associate professor of Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
A 1982 and 1987 McKnight Artist Fellowship recipient, Aldo Moroni‘s current focus is his Babylon Project. A five-year process piece created in ceramic, performance and video, the Babylon Project explores the volatile history of destruction and rebuilding of the ancient city. He is a 1976 MCAD graduate.
Carolyn Swiszcz creates paintings, prints, drawings and collages that explore her hometown of West St. Paul. She holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and received a Bush Foundation Fellowship in 2002.
MCAD Media Arts Professor Piotr Szyhalski‘s interactive designs have been exhibited worldwide. Known for his Labor Camp and Theater of Operations projects, he received two MFA degrees from the Academy of Visual Arts in Poznan, Poland.
The fellows were chosen from a field of 231 applicants. The selections were made by a panel composed of Carla Hanzal, curator of Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C.; Maria Makela, professor and chair of Visual Studies at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, Calif.; and Roger Shimomura, an artist and professor emeritus at the University of Kansas at Lawrence.
Designed to identify and support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists, the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists Program provides recipients with $25,000 stipends, public recognition, professional encouragement and a catalog and exhibition at MCAD Gallery in the summer of 2010. The fellowships are funded by a grant from The McKnight Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
You can see work by the 2008-09 winners’ work this summer-the 2008-09 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Arts exhibition opens July 8 at MCAD Gallery