Brian Frink has received numerous grants, awards and fellowships. These include: 1995 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (NEA); 1990 Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Fellowship; two McKnight Individual Artist Fellowships 1992, 2001; three Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants 2014, 2016, 2018; three Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Fellowships 1992, 1997, 1999.
In 2012 he was designated "Artist of the Year" in the Twin Cities Arts and Culture weekly City Pages. This was an award related to his work on the organization Rural American Contemporary Artists, (RACA).
He is currently a professor of art at Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato Minnesota. Brian also serves as the chair of the department. In 2010 he was designated a MSU,M Distinguished Faculty Scholar. He has been selected as the 2019 Douglas R. Moore faculty lecturer.
Brian maintains an active exhibition schedule. His work has been collected extensively and is in many public and private collections.
Selected solo exhibitions include:
The Goodness Gallery, Rochester, MN
Coe College, Cedr Rapids, IA
The Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN
The Spirit Room, Fargo, ND
The Kaddatz Gallery, Fergus Falls, MN
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, WA
Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD
Blanden Art Museum, Fort Dodge, IA
Mclean County Art Center, Bloomington IL
University of Minnesota, Morris, Morris, MN
Plains Museum of Art, Fargo, ND
Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN
Arts Center of Saint Peter, MN
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
University of Dallas-Texas, Richardson, TX
Northfield Art Center, Northfield, MN
Selected group exhibitions include:
Art of Water, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul, It's Complicated
South Arkansas Art Center, AR
James May Gallery, WI
Coe College, IA
McKnight Foundation, MN
Illinois State University, Il
University of Wisconsin, WI
Groveland Gallery, MN
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN
Sioux City Art Center, IA
Madison Art Center, WI
Rockford Museum of Art, IL
Brian grew up in Illinois attending school at Illinois State University in Normal. In 1979 he moved to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn NY living there for five years. He and Wilbur were true “urban pioneers” of that now famous artist neighborhood. In 1985 he began graduate school in Madison Wisconsin where he earned his MFA in 1989. Brian and Wilbur have two children and three grandchildren.