Friday June 1, 2018
The McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to eight established Minnesota-
based artists. This discussion series, pairing a nationally recognized art critic or curator with two
McKnight Visual Artist Fellows, offers attendees an opportunity to learn more about the fellows
as well as about how their work intersects with broader contemporary art ideas and concerns.
Erik Benson is an artist whose process-based paintings are informed by architecture and
everyday objects found in urban landscape.
Julie Buffalohead is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma whose work focuses
thematically on describing a cultural experience, an Indian experience, through a personal
language. Her iconography draws upon a cast of characters from Native stories, such as raven,
coyote, and deer.
Hrag Vartanian is a critic, curator, editor-in-chief, and co-founder of Hyperallergic, a publication
he created in 2009 in response to the changes in the art world, publishing, and the distribution
Co-presented with Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Fellowships are funded by the
McKnight Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.