Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
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Jerome Artist Discussion moderated by Victoria Sung, assistant curator of the Walker Art Center

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 Fedyszyn, Tucker Hollingsworth, and Boone Nguyen, all of the Twin Cities. Over the fellowship year, curator Victoria Sung visited with the fellows and wrote an essay about each artist that is included in the exhibition catalogue.


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) Read an interview with Duvra. 

Marjorie Fedyszyn has been working with handmade, overbeaten 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. Read an interview with Fedyszyn.

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, 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. Read an interview with Hollingsworth.

Boone Nguyen's multimedia installation––including still photography, observational video, and soundscapes––interrogates 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 explores the social agency and collective histories of displaced and marginalized communities. Read an interview with Nguyen.