MINNEAPOLIS -- The McKnight Foundation is accepting nominations for its sixth Distinguished Artist Award in recognition of individual artists with enduring and exceptional careers.
Nominations for the $40,000 award must be postmarked by March 31.
A panel representing a variety of artistic disciplines considers first and foremost the quality of each nominated artist's work. Other considerations include the artist's commitment to his or her field, and ways the artist has enriched life for audiences and the community.
"The award honors one artist each year for having made a substantial impact on the arts in Minnesota over a lifetime," said Noa Staryk, McKnight board chair.
After reviewing the nominations, the panel formally recommends one candidate to McKnight's board of directors. Artists in all disciplines are eligible for nomination but may not apply for the award themselves. Although nominees must have worked in Minnesota much of their lives, they need not reside in Minnesota when they are nominated. The panel will not consider those from Minnesota who achieved most of their success elsewhere. No posthumous awards will be made. The recipient will be announced mid-year.
Nominations are retained for three years. Candidates who do not receive the award the year they are nominated will be reconsidered among nominees the following two years. It is not necessary to send another letter about someone whose nomination is still active, although career updates are welcome.
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