Amy Toscani Wins McKnight Artist Fellowship

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and The McKnight Foundation are proud to announce the recipients of the 2013/14 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists: Amy Toscani, Catherine Meier, Joe Sinness, and Dyani White Hawk.

From McKnight: “Designed to identify and support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists, the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists provide recipients with $25,000 stipends, public recognition, professional encouragement from national visiting critics, an artist book, and exhibition at the MCAD Gallery. The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation and administered by MCAD.

The 2013/14 McKnight fellows were selected from a group of 190 applicants by a panel of arts professionals of varying backgrounds whose careers intersect with the visual arts in different ways. This year’s jurors were Megan Hamilton, an arts writer and program manager at the Creative Alliance, a community-based non-profit arts organization in Baltimore; Gilbert Vicario, senior curator at the Des Moines Art Center; and Lynne Yamamoto, a practicing artist and associate professor of studio art at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

Amy Toscani’s low-brow, hand-built objects are intentionally a little off-kilter. Constructed out of ubiquitous plastic products and an assortment of thrift-store items, they speak to a mainstream Midwestern sensibility. But their awkward appearance and deliberate imperfections underscores their affinity with camp, kitsch, and queer culture. Toscani, the recipient of many grants and awards from the Jerome, McKnight, and Bush Foundations, has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Minnesota and the Midwest. Her commissioned work is on view on the campuses of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and MCAD, and in Lowertown, St. Paul. The artist completed both her undergraduate and graduate studio art degrees at Ohio University.