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Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of Series XIV of the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships:

  • Cathy Ryan, printmaker and book artist
  • Ioana Stoian, artist
  • Peng Wu, paper maker and social practice artist, and Jammo Xu, installation artist

Three jurors, reflecting diverse perspectives and considerable expertise, reviewed the 18 applications received. They were: Kent Aldrich, master printer and proprietor of Nomadic Press in St. Paul; Christina Chang, independent curator; and Jody Williams, book artist and past MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship recipient. All were excited by the general quality of the applications received. After several hours of careful deliberation and discussion, they made a final selection of four participants.

Fellowship recipients will receive project funding, studio and equipment use, artistic support from MCBA staff and artists, as well as a one-year MCBA membership. Recipients have one year to complete the proposed work, which will be exhibited at MCBA in the fall of 2018..

Recipients will also give public presentations relating to their work on February 13, 2018 at 6pm in MCBA’s studios.

About the Artists

Cathy Ryan is a book artist and printmaker based in Minneapolis, MN. For the fellowship she will produce a portfolio of mixed media prints that explores the natural world and reminds viewers to love, conserve, and protect it. She holds a bachelor's degree in art from San Francisco State University, and a post baccalaureate certificate in Print, Paper, Book from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work is included in the 2012 Quarry publication 1000 Artist Books, and, in 2014, she was an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, MN. She is a past tecipient of the MCBA/Jersome Book Arts Fellowship in2011-2012.

Peng Wu and Jammo Xu will collaborate on a project that memorializes refugee deaths since 9/11. Peng Wu is a sculptor and papermaker working in social practice and public art. Originally from China, he has been based in Minneapolis since 2011. Peng is a collaborating atist with the One World Many Papers project and has had two Norther Sparks projects. He recieved his MFA in visual studies from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He also has an MFA in product design and a bachelor's desgree in atmospheric physics. Minneapolis-based artist Jammo Xu is a visual storyteller who works with installation and public art. Also a native from China, Jammo recieved her MFA is visual studies fom the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She also has a bachelor's degree in animation.

Ioana Stoian is a self-taught, British born artist with a passion for paper. For her fellowship project, she plans to create a series of vibrant wordscapes- visual landscapes combining word, color, and handmade paper. The project will focus on positivity and the theme of love, joy, compassion, creativity, and community. Since 2006 Ioana has been experimenting with two of her main interests- paper folding and papermaking. Her works focus on the harmony between color, structure, and form. Ioana is the author of Origami for All and Origami Garden, and she participated in the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship program in 2014-2015.


About the Jurors

Jody Williams publishes artist's books under the name Flying Paper Press. She has taught workships and presented lectures at musuems and college across the United States and Europe. Her work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Musuem of Modern Art, Minnesota HIstorical Society, and numerous other museums, universities, and libraries. Honors include Jerome Foundation fellowships, grants and awards from the Minnesota Craft Council, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. in 2008, Jody Williams recieved the inaugural Minnesota Book Artist Award from the Friends of the St.Paul Public Library, and she was awarded Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Grants in 2013 and 2016.

For nearly 30 years Master Printer Kent Aldrich has run the Nomadic Press, a letterpress jobbing shop in St. Paul, Minnesota where, in addition to printing commercial work such as posters, business cards, and wedding invitations, Aldrich also produces his own wood engravings, lino cuts, and broadsides. Having worked with Minnesota Center for Book Art since just after it opened its doors in Minneapolis, Aldrich continues to help MCBA keep its presses in working order. He is a founding member of the Wood Engravers Network.

A Los Angeles native, Christina Chang recieved her BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001 and her PhD in art history from the University of Michigan in 2010. Based in the Twin Cities for the last several years, Christina served as Assistant Curator as the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, from 2010 to 2012, and Curator of Engagement at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul from 2012-2015. She returned to academia with her most recent position as Interim Director and Curator of the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College. Christina is currently an independent curator and scholar. Her broader research interets include intermediality, the productive tensions inherent to intergenerational relationships and the history of colaboration in creative practice.



About the MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships

The book arts are a dynamic discipline within the larger landscape of contemporary art. At Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the definition of book arts is broad and inclusive. Though book arts often require binding, printing and/or papermaking to come to fruition, contemporary book artists use these traditional practices and others in surprising and exciting new ways. The creative evolution of book arts is limitless.

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Book arts projects funded by the eleven previous series range from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes and sculptural books to documented performances and one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.