June 2011 Archives
James Henkel, Associate Professor of Photography in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota has been selected to receive the 2011-12 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photography.
Designed to identify and support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists, the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photography program provides recipients with $25,000 stipends, public recognition, professional development opportunities; the fellowship culminates with an exhibition and catalogue. The exhibition component for the 2011-12 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers will be administered and presented this year by the Rochester Art Center, located in Rochester, MN. The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation and administered by mnartists.org.
James Henkel's current work employs photography to document temporary sculpture and interventions with found books. His experiments range from whimsical play with the materiality of the books to efforts at creating meaning through literally re-authoring text. Henkel has received numerous awards, including a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, several Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants, and an Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has shown nationally, including recent shows at the Katherine Nash Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), Flanders Art Gallery (Raleigh, NC), and the Harrn Museum (Gainsville, FL). His work is featured within multiple collections, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Australian National Gallery.
The 2011 McKnight Photography fellows were chosen from a field of 100 applicants by a distinguished jury of nationally recognized photographers and curators. This year's panel included New York-based artist Chris Verene; Karen Irvine, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Columbia College, Chicago; and Sofia Hernandez Chong Coy, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York.
About the McKnight Artist Fellowships
The McKnight Artist Fellowships were created in 1981 to help artists set aside time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of opportunities; and work on new projects. McKnight contributes nearly $1 million per year to individual artists through the 12 fellowship programs. The Foundation delegates management of the fellowships to arts organizations that tailor programs to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines. Interested artists should contact the appropriate administering organization for further information about potential funding:
About the McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grant making, coalition-building and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based Foundation has assets of approximately $1.6 billion and granted about $93 million in 2007.
Developed in 2001 as a partnership between the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center, mnartists.org is an online database of Minnesota artists and organizations working in all disciplines. In addition to serving as a marketplace and a community hub, the site provides news and editorial features about the local arts scene.