Wed, Aug 25th, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
American Swedish Institute, Nelson Cultural Center, Larson Hall
2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis MN 55407

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Celebrate with us

Join us at an in-person gathering to celebrate six thought leaders and their lifetime portfolio of unique and timeless work.

In mid 2020, we were pleased to announce the selection of Luis Fitch, Linda Henneman, James E. Johnson, LaMar Lundell, Sharon Werner, and Paul Wharton as recipients of the distinguished AIGA Fellow Award. Since we weren’t able to gather in-person at the time, we had to postpone the celebration and award presentation until now. We hope you will be able to join us in honoring the recipients at this special in-person event.

5:30pm – Cocktail reception & the historic Turnblad Mansion will be open for your enjoyment
6:45pm – Award presentation in Larson Hall
8:00pm – Cocktail reception continued
9:00pm – Event concludes

This is an in-person event.

Tickets are limited and registration is highly encouraged. Walk-ins will be accepted space permitting.
Note that the cocktail reception will be held as an indoor/outdoor option weather permitting.

Entry to the event, entry to the historic Turnblad Mansion, hors d’oeuvres and dessert are all included in the ticket price. A cash bar will be available for beverage purchases.

About the AIGA Fellow Awards 

The AIGA Fellow program recognizes mature designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standard of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as their local AIGA chapter. Contributions in education, writing, and leadership, as well as reputation and the practice of design, are given equal consideration. The Fellow Award is the highest honor an AIGA chapter may bestow upon one of its members.

Minnesota’s 2020 Fellows were chosen from nominations (peer and self) received in response to an open call for nominations posted in fall of 2019. Each nomination was reviewed and independently ranked by members of the 2020 AIGA Minnesota Fellow Program Nominating Committee based on the Fellow program criteria set in place. In spring of 2020, the proposed slate was presented to the AIGA Minnesota Board of Directors and approved by majority vote.

The Fellows 2020 recognize a wonderfully varied group of individuals who:

– have been instrumental in the chapter’s legacy
– are focused on design’s role in current and emerging cultural issues
– have supported AIGA and AIGA MN for many years with their time, vision, and skills
– though not as a designer, were integral to the success of the chapter and its individual members
– are consistently creating notable and outstanding design work

Please note: This is an in-person event and masks are required.

Face coverings are now required while indoors at ASI, regardless of vaccination status. The reinstatement of mask wearing is to create a safe environment for all who come to ASI during a time when COVID cases are increasing in our community. Masks are optional outdoors. Please view the latest health & safety protocols here.


2000: Peter Seitz
2008: Tim Larsen
2010: Sue Crolick, Eric Madsen, Joe Duffy
2012: Monica Little, John DuFresne, Heather Olson
2014: Jo Davison, Dale Johnston (d. 2021), Doug Powell
2016: Andrew Blauvelt, Timothy Eaton, Kolean Pitner


Heather Brooks, President, AIGA MN
Sue Crolick, AIGA MN Fellow
Jo Davison (facilitator), AIGA MN Fellow and past President, AIGA MN
Susan Hopp, member at large
Katrin Loss, past President, AIGA MN
Eric Madsen, AIGA MN Fellow
Mark Odegard, past President, AIGA MN (MGDA)
Karyn Roszak, member at large

Creative direction + design

Logo for Knock showing a black typographic treatment of "Knock inc."

Contact Leadership

AIGA MN Fellow Nominating Committee
Chair, Fellow Awards