McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists

Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 15 different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit

The McKnight Fellowship for Book Artists 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 Fellowship for Book Artists program is to identify talented, Minnesota-based book artists who demonstrate sustained experience and achievement and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports two beyond emerging artists per year by providing significant financial assistance, creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, organizing a panel featuring the fellows and invited critics, and working with the fellows to create an individualized professional development plan.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to partner with the McKnight Foundation to offer two fellowships to beyond-emerging artists living and working in Minnesota who show sustained experience in the book arts. They demonstrate achievement, commitment, and high level proficiency in their practice that contributes to the book arts field while impacting and benefiting people in Minnesota.

2024 Fellowship Benefits Include:

  • Unrestricted $25,000 award
  • Studio visits from a national critic/curator

$1,000 travel stipend to attend a conference

Opportunity to participate in public artist panel

$2,000 educational stipend

Two years of MCBA studio access

Opportunity to attend an artist residency with stipend

Group exhibition in MCBA’s Main Gallery

Minnesota Center for Book Arts values a culture of equity and inclusion and encourages artists with diverse cultural backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.

How to Apply

Apply link:

Contact Anika Schneider, Director of Exhibitions and Artist Programs, with additional questions at

Application Cycle: December 1, 2023 – March 1, 2024 at 11:59PM CST.

Start your application early and carefully review the McKnight Fellowship for Book Artists Application Guidelines (there are some changes to work samples submissions this year) for eligibility, program benefits, and application selection process prior to starting your application.

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