Gustavus Art Professor Receives McKnight Foundation Fellowship

Posted on September 8th, 2008 by

Gustavus Adolphus College Assistant Professor of Art Priscilla Briggs has been selected to receive a $25,000 fellowship from the McKnight Foundation to support her work in the field of photography.

Briggs said that she plans to use the McKnight Fellowship to work on a photography and video project related to the path of consumer goods produced in China for export to the United States. The project will include a series of portraits of both the manufacturers in China and the consumers in the United States.

“I was thrilled to receive a McKnight Artist Fellowship,” Briggs said. “It is a great honor to have my work recognized in this way, and the fellowship provides the financial support necessary to accomplish my artistic goals.”

Including this year’s awards, the Minnesota-based McKnight Foundation has funded more than 1,350 artist fellowships since 1982. McKnight currently gives about $1.7 million per year to support fellowship programs run by nonprofit arts organizations representing 12 different artistic mediums. This year, fellowships were granted to artists in the following genres: ceramic arts, choreography, composing, dance, filmmaking, music, photography, playwriting, screenwriting, theater arts, visual arts, and writing.

“This fellowship program exists to provide Minnesota artists with much-needed time and resources to do their work,” said Erika L. Binger, McKnight board chair. “The return on our investment comes in the form of a robust cultural environment that enriches the lives of people across the state.”


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