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Annie Knoll (Visual Arts 2016) Serving with Minnesota GreenCorps

Annie Knoll (Visual Arts 2016) is serving a one-year service term with Minnesota GreenCorps

June 11, 2024

Annie Knoll (Visual Arts 2016) is serving a one-year service term with the City of Golden Valley as part of Minnesota GreenCorps, a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency-coordinated program training a new generation of environmental professionals. As a GreenCorps member, Annie assists Golden Valley City staff with environmental health-related projects and initiatives through community outreach, site assessments, and data collection and analysis. Following her service term at the end of July, 2024, Annie plans to pursue a graduate degree in environmental science and continue her work preserving and protecting Minnesota’s ecosystems and communities.

After Perpich, Knoll graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BA in Interdisciplinary Science and a BFA in Fine Arts. The inspiration for her artwork evolved alongside her academic pursuits. Annie shifted away from a career in the arts and pursued biological sciences. As a result, her creative practice centers around science communication. In her free time, Annie makes screenprints and illustrations of nature with a bit of woodworking, too.

Knoll learned about Perpich through word of mouth. “My sister graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a lot of her classmates
were Perpich alumni,” she said. “Perpich is where I fell in love with printmaking. What I learned from my printmaking teacher, Graham Judd, provided a strong foundation for my Fine Arts courses at Parsons. It also allowed me to take advanced screenprinting courses and experiment with more complex techniques earlier in my degree.”

Reflecting on her time at Perpich, Annie shared, “[Instructors] Pat Benincasa, Graham Judd, Craig Farmer, and Lisa Quiring defined my Perpich experience. Without their enthusiasm for teaching and commitment to the arts, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Annie Knoll (Visual Arts 2016) grew up in the Twin Cities metro area and attended Benilde-St. Margaret’s before starting at Perpich.