MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowships | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowships

For Early Career Artists

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is the administrative home for this fellowship for early career Minnesota-based artists.


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Since 1981, this fellowship program, funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, has artistically and critically advanced the careers of more than 200 visual artists.

The artists considered for these fellowships may work in a variety of visual art media, including traditional and new media. The program is aimed at visual artists who can present their work in a gallery context. Eligible applicants must be in the early stages of their careers and have not yet attained professional acknowledgment commensurate with the quality of their work. MCAD and the Jerome Foundation welcome applications from artists representing diverse cultural perspectives.

An independent jury of three arts professionals awards four grants of $10,000 each to early- career Minnesota artists. Fellowships may be used to purchase materials, cover the production costs of new artwork, and supplement living or travel costs. During the twelve-month fellowship year, each artist receives three studio visits from professional critics, access to technical assistance, a culminating exhibition at the MCAD Gallery, a catalog with a critical essay on each artist's work, and the opportunity to partake in a public panel discussion.

Contact Program Director Kerry Morgan at or 612.874.3667 for more information.

About the Jerome Foundation

Created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), the Jerome Foundation seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by early career 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.

Meet the 2021 Fellows

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, on behalf of the Jerome Foundation, is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2020/21 MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Early Career Artists: Katayoun Amjadi; Nooshin Hakim Javadi; Kehayr Brown-Ransaw; and Kuab Maiv Yaj, Koua Mai Yang, all from the Twin Cities.

These artists were selected out of a pool of 100 applicants by a panel of arts professionals that included Jackie Clay, executive director of Coleman Center for the Arts in rural West Alabama; Duskho Petrovich, artist and professor of New Arts Journalism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Ginger Porcella, executive director and chief curator of Franconia Sculpture Park.

Remarking on the fellowship jurying process, Dushko Petrovich stated: "Jurying this fellowship was a great way to learn about and discuss the work of emerging artists in the Twin Cities."

This competitive fellowship provides $10,000 awards to each recipient. In addition, the fellows have the opportunity to meet with visiting critics over the course of the fellowship year, to have their work featured in a group exhibition that will open in January 2022 in the MCAD Gallery, 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.