Ceramic Works from Six McKnight Artists on Display in BSU’s Talley Gallery

Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery will continue its 2019-20 exhibition calendar showcasing pieces by the 2018 recipients of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists from Jan. 17 to Feb. 18. The exhibition, which is part of a touring exhibit, will feature 3D printed builds, sketched art, pottery pieces and more.

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

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

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

2018 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists

  • Brett Freund of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Donovan Palmquist of Farmington, Minnesota.

2018 recipients of the McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists

  • Derek Au from New York.
  • Linda Cordell from Pennsylvania.
  • Ian Meares from Arkansas.
  • Bryan Czibesz from New York.

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

About the Talley Gallery

Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery was 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. All Talley Gallery activities are supported by the Bemidji State student activity fee.

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.


  • Laura Goliaszewski, art gallery director; (218) 755-3737, laura.goliaszewski@bemidjistate.edu


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