Nikki J. McComb's #ENOUGH campaign
Nikki J. McComb's #ENOUGH campaign

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 emerging artists. 

The foundation maintains that nurturing exploration and experimentation by emerging artists diversifies the seeds of creativity and leads to rich experiences. Central to the foundation's review of each proposal is an assessment of the quality of the artistic work. The foundation seeks to encourage the potential for excellence. 

Edie Overturf, Portmanteau 2017

The 2016/2017 Jerome fellows embody the "sense of purpose" that the foundation seeks to support, from Kelsey Olson's risky photographic experimentations with gelatin to Nikki J. McComb's #ENOUGH campaign, which humanizes the toll of gun violence on families and communities. These are artists committed to figuring out how and where art-making can go, as evinced by Amanda Wirig's socially charged printed and painted satire, Jovan C. Speller's unabashedly beautiful photographs of black bodies, and Edie Overturf's compelling and prophetic storytelling with woodcut prints. 

"We work for artists (rather than the reverse) and believe that artists and organizations are the best authorities to define their needs and challenges—an essential humility reflective of Jerome Hill. The artists we support embrace their roles as part of a larger community, and consciously work with a sense of purpose—whether aesthetic, social, or both." –Kerry Morgan

Thanks to the Jerome Foundation's Board of Directors, President Ben Cameron, Program Director Eleanor Savage, and Program Officer Venessa Fuentes for their dedication to and belief in artists.

Nikki J. McComb, HUMAN Data Collection, My Brothers Keeper 2017

Jovan C. Speller, ...and I shall call You Home 2016

Amanda Wirig, Foiled By His Own Sausage!, It Takes a Village to Tear Down a Woman 2017

Kelsey Olson, Avery, untitled, 1160, watch roll, untitled  2017

Check out photos from the gallery reception below, and stop by the MCAD Main Gallery to see the show through November 7, 2017. See more of the artists' work on their websites.