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Minneapolis, MN—July 2, 2019—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, on behalf of the Jerome Foundation, is honored to spotlight the recent work of the recipients of the 2018/19 MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Early Career Artists: Mara Duvra, Marjorie Fedzyszn, Tucker Hollingsworth, and Boone Nguyen, all of the Twin Cities.

About the Artists

Mara Duvra’s current body of work is a continuation of a project, Tending: meditations on Blackness and interiority. With photographs, found objects, and texts, this work uncovers poetic representations of tenderness, calm, and silence as visual and tactile modes of self-study.

“To allow for breath, space, and time. To allow also for the body.” (Gabrielle Civil)

Marjorie Fedzyszn has been working with handmade, over beaten abaca paper for the duration of the fellowship. With this new material Fedyszyn continues to explore the tensions between power or control and vulnerability. Integrating memories and feelings of her life experiences through her art, she strives to reach her viewers and elicit conversations on our shared human experiences.

Tucker Hollingsworth is continuing to make work that expands the perceived limits and definitions of what a camera is possible of making, doing, and even in some cases, of being. These images captured “from nature” have the distinct look of having been manipulated when they are, in fact, due to the serendipitous process of clicking the shutter of a damaged or otherwise non-functioning camera.

Boone Nguyen will create a multi-media installation—including still photography, observational video, and soundscapes—interrogating the dichotomy between the personal and the universal. Which cultural objects and whose stories, lives, and actions are deemed valuable, and thus worthy of preserving? How do we recover, reclaim, and reanimate what is consigned to be forgotten? Through an engagement with these questions, his own family archives, and the materials collected in the Hmong Archives and East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul, Nguyen’s project will explore the social agency and collective histories of displaced and marginalized communities.

Event Details

Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m. 
Jerome Artist Discussion: Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m., MCAD Main Gallery Moderated by Victoria Sung, assistant curator, Walker Art Center 
When: October 4–November 10, 2019 
Where: MCAD Main Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Who: 
Free and open to the public

About the MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Early Career Artists

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is honored to have been the administrative home for this fellowship program since its inception in 1981. These artists were selected out of a pool of 175 applicants by a panel of arts professionals that included Taylor Aldridge, independent art writer and curator based in Detroit, Michigan; Vincenzo de Bellis, curator at the Walker Art Center; and Yumi Roth, associate professor of art at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Remarking on the fellowship jurying process, Yumi Roth stated, “I truly appreciated the opportunity to visit each finalist in their studio where over the course of two days the other jurors and I reviewed conceptual and process-based work in sculpture, painting, photography, video, and printmaking. The chance to speak with each artist gave me a stronger sense of each one’s practice and interests and better grounding to determine a group of finalists for the Jerome.”

This competitive fellowship provides $10,000 awards to each recipient for the production of new work. In addition to having their work featured in a group exhibition at the MCAD Gallery, the fellows will have the opportunity to meet with visiting critics over the course of the fellowship year, to have an essay written about their work that appears in the exhibition catalog, and to participate in a public panel discussion.

The Jerome Foundation has generously supported this fellowship program since its inception in 1981.

About the Jerome Foundation

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905–1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by early career/emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to early career artists and those nonprofit arts organizations that serve them in the state of Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City.

ABOUT THE MINNEAPOLIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts education, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is home to more than 800 students and offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and continuing education classes for all ages.

Founded in 1886, MCAD was one of the first colleges to offer the BFA degree. The college has earned the highest accreditation possible and its four-year graduation rate is among the highest of all Midwestern visual arts colleges. College facilities contain the latest in technology with multiple studios and labs open 24/7.

MCAD Gallery Hours: 

Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. 

All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. For more information or to request any disability services, please contact Kerry Morgan, director of gallery and exhibition programs, at 612.874.3667 or gallery@mcad.edu.