Professor Mary Hark, of School of Human Ecology’s Design Studies department, has been named a 2021 McKnight Book Artist Fellow. The prestigious year-long fellowship, administered by Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) and running from August 2021 to July 2022, includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds, studio access through MCBA’s Artist Collective, and opportunities to professionally engage with nationally renowned book arts critics and curators, among other benefits. Professor Hark is a member of the Chazen’s Accession Committee, which advises staff on acquisitions for the museum’s permanent collection.
“My practice has been dedicated to mastery of the craft, developing a personal voice within the field, and sharing this work through teaching in a variety of communities,” says Hark. “Receiving the McKnight Fellowship is a wonderful, deeply appreciated affirmation of this work and will allow me time and space to reflect on knowledge I have accrued and respond with a new body of work that celebrates and extends what I have accomplished to date.”