Talley Gallery Features Work by McKnight Foundation Artists

Badge: 2018-23 Strategic Plan: Priority 3Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery will feature work by six artists who have received McKnight Foundation Fellowships and Residencies as part of a touring fellowship exhibit from Feb. 26 through April. 29.

Each year the Northern Clay Center, an organization working to enrich the ceramic arts, develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which tours Minnesota to share the work with people across the state.

The fellowship and residency programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota’s artistic community and advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists. Two fellowships are awarded to outstanding, mid-career Minnesota ceramic artists and four residency awards are granted to artists from outside of Minnesota annually.

The 2018 exhibition features work by two 2017 McKnight Artist Fellows and four 2016 McKnight Artist Residents.

2017 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists

  • Xilam Balam Ybarra, from St. Paul, Minn.
  • Mic Stowell, from Minneapolis, Minn.

2016 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists

  • Kosmas Ballis, from Fort Meyers, Fla.
  • Forrest Lesch-Middelton, from Petaluma, Calif.
  • Eva Kwong, from Columbus, Ohio.
  • Anthony Stellaccio, Crownsville, Md.

This exhibition, supported by the McKnight Foundation, showcases the success of each artist’s fellowship or residency. Included in the show are flutes inspired by pre-Columbian traditions and sculptural pieces that are inspired by the process of making art.

The show and all activities at the gallery are free and open to the public.

About Talley Gallery

Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallerywas dedicated to the memory of Ila Mae Talley on Sept. 27, 1975. Talley joined the Bemidji State Teachers College faculty in 1946 and taught at the college until her death in 1963. During her tenure, she organized the Bemidji Creative Arts Center and the Minnesota Art Education Exchange, now known as the Art Educators of Minnesota. At BSC, she taught a variety of students in elementary art, techniques of weaving, Introduction to Art and Methods of Teaching Art.

The Talley Gallery’s exhibits, collections and programs have supplemented BSU art education and cultivated a greater understanding of and appreciation for creative expression in the Bemidji region. Each year, the gallery hosts six visiting professional artists and juries three BSU student shows – two senior art shows and one scholarship show.

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.



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