Ten Minnesota-based visual and ceramic artists have won fellowships worth $25,000 each from the McKnight Foundation. Eight of the fellowships went to visual artists in a program administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The Northern Clay Center grants the McKnight fellowships in ceramic arts.

McKnight visual art award winner Gregory Euclide is shown drawing at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair. Star Tribune photo by Bruce Bisping.

The visual art winners work in a variety of media and often make complex installations that incorporate sculpture, found-objects, graphic designs and cultural detritus. The winners are: Kristina Estell of Duluth; Gregory Euclide of Le Sueur; and Luis Fitch, Tracy Krumm, Alexandros Lindsay, Scott Nedrelow, Kelly O'Brien and Selma Fernandez Richter, all of Minneapolis. 

Ceramic artist Ursula Hargens is seen in 2012 with her "Wallflower (Invasive Species)" installation at Augsburg College. Star Tribune photo by Joey McLeister.

The ceramic artists are Ursula Hargens of Minneapolis and Mika Negishi Laidlaw of Mankato, both of whom won McKnight fellowships. In addition, the McKnight foundation provided funds that enable two additional artists to work at the Clay Center for three consecutive months. Winners of the residency fellowships are Lung-Chieh Lin from Taiwan and Helen Otterson of Fargo, N.D.

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