McKnight Foundation honors Ojibwe author Rendon
August 26, 2020
MINNEAPOLIS -- The McKnight Foundation has chosen author Marcie Rendon to receive its 2020 Distinguished Artist Award. The annual award recognizes a Minnesota artist who has made significant contributions to the state's cultural life.
Rendon, an enrolled member of White Earth Nation, is the first Native American woman to receive the award in its 25-year history. Last year the award went to Ojibwe painter Jim Denomie. Rendon said she's honored and humbled to receive the award.
"I am pleased that I am the second Native American to receive this award as I think that it demonstrates the depth and breadth of influence Native Americans have on the arts in the state of Minnesota," she said. "In my mind's eye I see Native artists as the backbone, the spine of all that is created here."