The McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to established Minnesota-based artists. In 2017, eight McKnight Visual Artist Fellows were selected to receive $25,000 each and an opportunity to meet with arts professionals from across the country.
This discussion series pairs a nationally-recognized art critic or curator with two McKnight Visual Artist Fellows and offers attendees an opportunity to learn more about the fellowship recipients as well as how their work intersects with broader contemporary art ideas and concerns.
About the Speakers
Eric Crosby is a curator and writer. His research interests include contemporary painting, photography, and the role of the museum today, as well as film history. He received his BA from Wesleyan University in 2002 and his MA from the University of Wisconsin in 2005. Since 2015, Eric has been the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was previously associate curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Andy DuCett is from Winona, Minnesota, and received his MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been featured by Artforum, New American Paintings, The Daily Beast, Art Pulse Magazine, and The Huffington Post, as well as publications in Toronto, Berlin, Tokyo, and London. He is in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, has been commissioned to make work for the Walker Art Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and is on the curated registry of the Drawing Center in New York City. He recently completed an international residency program in Edinburgh, Scotland, as well as a commissioned installation at The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK.
Bruce Tapola was born and raised in Ohio. He received his BFA from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and his MFA from Montana State University in Bozeman. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of several awards including the McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists (1994, 2000). Tapola is an active member in several artist collaboratives including Paintallica, Free Art School, N F B, Rat Trap Clay Club, and The Weekend Group. He is the director and founding member of the Federation of Outlaw Creatives United (FOC-U). He teaches painting and drawing at St. Cloud State University and lives in St. Paul.