The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is pleased to feature new work by the recipients of the 2009–10 MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists. The exhibition opens October 1 and runs through November 7, 2010, at the MCAD Gallery. A reception for the artists will be held on October 1,6–8 p.m., and an artist panel discussion will be moderated by Andy Sturdevant on October 6 at 6 p.m. The 2009 MCAD/Jerome fellows are Steven Accola, Caroline Kent, the collaborative team of Tynan Kerr and Andrew Mazorol, and Tony Sunder.
The MCAD/Jerome Fellowship Program provides each recipient or collaborative team with a $10,000 stipend, and it gives the artists opportunities to discuss their work with nationally recognized arts writers and museum professionals. The yearlong fellowship culminates with the exhibition at the MCAD Gallery, which is accompanied by a catalog.
Steven Accola is primarily a painter but also works with collage and drawing. Irrespective of the medium, Accola works spontaneously, creating fantastic figures and dreamlike landscapes culled from his imagination that in style and content also pay homage to a wealth of historical art sources. Largely a self-taught artist, Accola has exhibited work in shows sponsored by Interact Center for the Visual & Performing Arts and VSA Minnesota.
Caroline Kent, a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s MFA program, draws upon her experiences living abroad to shape the direction of her recent work. Her newest body of sculptural painting developed after she lived in Iceland for a month in 2009, as an artist-in-residence. Using the striking Icelandic landscape as a point of departure, Kent constructs large, stark mountainous forms that are surprisingly devoid of paint and instead rely upon colored light for shadow and hue.
Tynan Kerr and Andrew Mazorol are collaborative painters, whose figurative, enigmatic work involves constant negotiation. Using ordinary hardware-store house paint and a medley of characters culled from a variety of books, magazines, and newspapers, these two painters work and rework canvases so that neither knows where they might wind up. Kerr graduated with a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Mazorol received his BA from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.
Tony Sunder, who has a BFA in painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, works in a wide variety of media, exploring the relationship of art, artist, and viewer. His “drawings”—a term he uses to encompass his installations, videos, photographs, and works on paper—are often based on pre-existing objects or encounters he has set up.
This year’s MCAD/Jerome fellows were chosen from a field of 292 applicants. The selections were made by a panel comprising Kris Douglas, chief curator at the Rochester Art Center, MN; Michelle Grabner, professor and chair of the painting and drawing department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; and Lane Relyea, associate professor of art theory and practice at Northwestern University, IL.
The MCAD/Jerome Fellowship Program is nationally recognized as an outstanding Twin Cities foundation-based grant program for visual artists. It was established in 1981 with the purpose of identifying and rewarding emerging visual artists across Minnesota who have not yet attained professional acknowledgement commensurate with the quality of their work. In its twenty-nine years, the Jerome program has influenced the careers of more than 140 artists. Their work, in turn, has enriched the creative life of the region.
The MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists are generously funded by the Jerome Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.