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St. Kate's staff member wins McKnight fellowship

Instructional Designer Gina Dabrowski, a member of the St. Kate's academic technology team, has been honored with a 2010–11 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers.

She is among four Twin Cities-based artists chosen from a field of 130 applicants by a distinguished jury of national photographers and curators. Chuck Avery, Amy Eckert and Karl Raschke were the other three recipients.

Dabrowski’s work explores the business of sanitary landfills in the American Midwest and Mexico "as a microcosm of broader social and political issues."

She holds a master of fine arts degree in photography and video from the California Institute of the Arts and a master of arts degree in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester, New York.

This is her second McKnight fellowship. Dabrowski was recognized in 2000 with a McKnight Artists Fellowship for Photographers. Her other awards include a Jerome Foundation Travel grant in 2005 and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2010.

Dabrowski's work has been appeared in exhibitions at the Minneapolis Photo Center, the University of Indiana and the Arlington Museum in Texas.

More about McKnight fellowships

According to the McKnight's website, the Artist Fellowships for Photography are "designed to identify and support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists."

The fellowship includes a stipend of $25,000, public recognition and professional development opportunities. The year-long fellowship will conclude with an exhibition and catalog facilitated by Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis.

This year’s judging panel included Walead Beshty, a Los Angeles-based artist; Julian Cox, curator of photography at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Eva Respini, associate curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

July 26, 2010 by Julie Michener

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