Jim Denomie lives and works in Franconia MN. Born in 1955 on the Lac Courte Oreille reservation near Hayward WI, the Anishinaabe artist has won numerous awards including the Bush Foundation, and McKnight Foundation fellowships. Most recently in 2019, Denomie was awarded the McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist Award, which is given annually to one Minnesota-based artist and includes a significant financial gift to support ongoing artistic endeavors. Denomie is the first Native American artist to be chosen for the Distinguished Artist Award since its inception in 1996. In 2015 Denomie was awarded a Painters and Sculptors grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and in 2017 he completed the Foundation’s Artist-In-Residence program at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans LA. Denomie’s work has been shown extensively in the U.S. and in Germany, including exhibitions in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Seattle. In 1995, Denomie received a BFA degree from the University of Minnesota. His work is found in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Museum of American Art in Saint Paul, and the Eitlejorg Museum in Indianapolis, among others.