Minneapolis—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2010/11 MCAD Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists. They are Greg Carideo, Teri Fullerton, Julia Kouneski, Brett Smith, and Jonathan Bruce Williams, all of the Twin Cities. These artists will receive $10,000 stipends, have the opportunity to meet with three arts professionals over the course of the year, and have their work included in a culminating group exhibition and catalog.

Since 1981, the Jerome Foundation has generously funded these fellowships for emerging artists, which are designed to identify and support outstanding Minnesota artists at the early stages of their professional careers. Over the past thirty years, more than one hundred fifty artists have benefitted from this fellowship program.

These newest Jerome Fellows were selected out of a field of 322 applicants by a panel of arts professionals. This year's jurors were Jane Blocker, associate professor of contemporary art in the department of art history at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Oliver Herring, a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist; and Adam Lerner, executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Greg Carideo makes poetic gestures with familiar things in his sculptural, photographic, and video-based work. Using anonymous faces, generic imagery, and iconic objects, the artist sets up opportunities for viewers to make interpretations of curious connections and events. Carideo, who earned his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, received a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board grant and has participated in artist residency programs in Paris, Iceland, and Colorado.

Teri Fullerton's photographic projects illuminate basic human desires for home, companionship, and completeness. From intimate portraits of American veterans' families to pictures and words downloaded from her personal interactions on Match.com, the artist makes longing synonymous with being. In addition to earning an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Fullerton has degrees in social work and education. Her work has been exhibited in the Midwest and Northwest.

Julia Kouneski uses her body as a medium in her artistic practice. With the help of participatory objects, she establishes unexpected situations where she and a participant must negotiate the boundaries between the self and other. The artist received a 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board grant, she recently participated in artist residencies in the Twin Cities and in Brazil, and she has exhibited work in Minnesota, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Kouneski has a BFA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Brett Smith's numerous art projects testify to his interest in collaboration, play, and the theatre and how they can intersect with different forms of utopian and dystopian desire. His interactive installations have been featured in a variety of venues in the Twin Cities. A student of architecture and design, Smith studied in Germany for several years after completing his BFA in art and industrial design at Carnegie Mellon University. He was also the recipient of a 2005 Minnesota State Arts Board grant.

Jonathan Bruce Williams has been moving away from making black and white photographs of illogical spaces to pursue his interest in deconstructing film and photographic production. His inventions employ old and new technologies--from Fresnel lenses to lasers--that become sculptural systems that question the relationship between abstraction and illusion. Williams received a 2010 Minnesota State Arts Board grant and was a finalist for this Jerome fellowship last year. He has a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

The Jerome Foundation dedicates all of its funding to further the careers of emerging artists. It supports organizations and individual artists living in the state of Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City.

The MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program is administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists