Ceramic Works by McKnight Fellowship Recipients On Display in Talley Gallery

Recent work by six artists who have won McKnight Foundation Fellowships and Residencies are being featured at Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery through March 21.

Each year the Northern Clay Center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which tours Minnesota to share the work with people outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

The exhibit will feature new works by:

  • 2015 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists recipient Ursula Hargens of Minneapolis, Minn.,
  • 2015 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists recipient Mika Negishi Laidlaw from Mankato, Minn.,
  • 2013 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists recipient Tom Bartel from Athens, Ohio,
  • 2014 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists recipient Jessica Brandl from Cedar Falls, Iowa,
  • 2014 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists recipient Amy Santoferraro from Manhattan, Kan., and
  • 2014 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists recipient Andy Shaw from Baton Rouge, La.

The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community. The fellowship awards are used to defray studio and living expenses, allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and to build upon ideas within their work. The fellowship program is intended to advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is deemed to be of exceptional artistic merit. McKnight fellowships provide two types of direct financial support: two annual fellowships for exceptional mid-career Minnesota ceramic artists, and four awards to artists from outside Minnesota that include a three-month residency at the Northern Clay Center.

Since 1997, the McKnight Foundation has supported 99 ceramics artists – 28 with fellowships and 71 with residency fellowships.

The McKnight exhibit and all activities at the Talley Gallery are supported by the BSU Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee.

About the Talley Gallery

Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

About the McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grant making, collaboration and strategic policy reform. The McKnight Foundation supports working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities behind the vision that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive.


Feb. 22-March 21 – Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery presents “Six McKnight Artists,” featuring new works by six winners of McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships and Artist Residencies: Tom Bartel (2013 winner); Jessica Brandl, Amy Santoferraro and Andy Shaw (2014); and Ursual Hargens and Mika Negishi Laidlaw (2015). Weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Talley Gallery, Bemidji State University campus; free admission.


Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. A member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. Bemidji State has an enrollment of more than 5,100 students and a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.