McKnight Media Artist Fellowships
Administered by IFP Minnesota


Applications are now closed

Fellows will be announced on May 23, 2017


 Guidelines | FAQ


The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten areas. Eight arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.

The Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend the Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles (or Independent Film Week in New York; which is still TBD) and by offering four free classes through IFP Minnesota during the fellowship year.

For questions about the fellowships or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, IFP MN, 651-644-1912,

Application Guidelines

Watch the “How to Apply Workshop” Video – 2017




Past Recipients