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WELCOME our 2024-25 Fellows

With much appreciation to all who applied this year, join us in welcoming our newest cohort: Folaṣade Adesanya, Penny Kagigebi, Lucino Sosa Montaño and Sati Varghese Mac!

Folaṣade seeks to unearth the stories of Black Transcestors(trans ancestors) who have lived in or passed through pre-1960s midwest, the relationships these ancestors nurtured in connection to the earth / the elements / the Mississippi River; activating their archives in order to inspire an expansive conversation and exhibition.

Penny invites forward Native Queer, 2-Spirit and gender expansive artists and culture bearers to join in a curatorial project celebrating and centering youth; a continuation of an ongoing relational process sparking cultural reclamation through art making and meaningful communal gathering.

Lucino hopes to create a safe space for undocumented individuals in Minnesota to share stories and experiences through various artistic mediums. Undocustories is born out of the necessity to address the lack of representation and visibility of undocumented voices in mainstream narratives.

Sati’s curatorial inquiry explores the phenomenon of transition – the personal and communal experience of concerted and embodied change. Transitions exist within many layered/global indigenous knowledges as a time for communion with oneself, often in connection with nature. Sati is interested in connecting to the ways that artists make these practices living, and live these practices as futurism.


Gratitude to our 2024 Jurors!

Taylor Jasper, Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center.

Nicole “Cole” Nfonoyim-Hara, Arts Writer based in Rochester, MN. 

Ashley DeHoyos Sauder, Curator at DiverseWorks in Houston, TX.

Many thanks to Taylor, Cole and Ashley for supporting the selection of this year’s cohort of Fellows.


Saturday, February 3, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Open House: Drew Maude-Griffin’s Exhibition at The M

Three headshots arranged side by side each with vertical orientation. On the left is Makeda “Keda” Tadesse, a portrait with a blue-gray tint. A black woman’s profile from the chest up. She is looking towards the right wearing an oversized, light-colored, off-shoulder sweater. She has dark curly hair that is pulled back with oversized black headphones over her ears. In the center is Eshay Brantley sitting upright, in a brown strapless halter. Eshay’s hair is in a passionate twist, and facing the camera she is captured without a smile, only a soft gaze. On the right is Josephine Hoffman, a fair-skinned person with long brown wavey hair tucked behind her right ear and resting on her left shoulder. From the torso up headshot, centered in the foreground, wearing a dark green shirt and thick black square glasses.

Saturday, December 16, from 11:30am-1:30pm
Reflections: Communal Conversations with the 2023-24 Fellows

Bright pink text with rounded edges reads: Currents. Adaptation, Brilliance, and Joy. Below the text is a pink rectangle with organic shapes resembling roots or branches cut out and emerging from the square. The background is a light gray with a soft static texture.

December 7, 2023 – February 25, 2024
Currents: Adaption, Brilliance and Joy