2011/12 Jerome Fellowship Exhibition | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2011/12 Jerome Fellowship Exhibition

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2011/12 MCAD/Jerome Fellowship Exhibition

Minneapolis, MN— The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Jerome Foundation are pleased to present an exhibition of new work by recipients of the 2011/12 MCAD-Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists: Richard Barlow, Gregory Euclide, Lauren Herzak-Bauman, Alison Hiltner, and Jehra Patrick.


Richard Barlow is interested in how the natural world has long been imbued with meaning in visual culture—as a repository of emotion, emblem of nation, and expression of spirituality. Barlow’s work drains the cultural meanings out of images and flattens their differences as a way to address their constructed nature. For this exhibition Barlow is installing a pixelated sequin mural based on Henry Fox Talbot’s nineteenth-century calotype titled Reflected Trees, as well as several framed rust drawings that reference the landscape imagery in SUV advertisements.

Gregory Euclide incessantly asks questions about the natural world and our relationship to it. The artist draws figuratively and literally from the found landscape by marrying his fluid drawing and painting style to materials discovered while walking in nature—such as plant material, styrofoam and cigarette butts—and to other handmade constructions such as cast resin houses and cut paper geometric forms. The exhibition will feature several of Euclide’s recent large-scale sculptural assemblages.

Lauren Herzak-Bauman uses the material and metaphoric properties of porcelain (its whiteness, fragility, strength) to create objects and site-specific installations that embody her own shifting states of emotional being. The utilitarian beauty of porcelain shards will be paired with the utilitarian beauty of simple lights soaring up to the ceiling and cascading down to the floor in her MCAD Gallery installation: an evocation of endless possibilities and profound loss.

Alison Hiltner, a self-declared “science fiction archeologist,” appropriates and stitches together visual cues from diverse sources to create her artifacts and environments, which have ranged from ocean and rainforest floors to the interiors of the human body and nebulous bodies of stardust. In her newest installation, two juxtaposed bodies of work explore the possibilities of artificial life. One hangs from the ceiling, the other on walls, both composed of banal materials that seem alien at first but slowly resolve into the strangely familiar. Each piece is a vignette of research in process, artifacts tenuously balanced between what is fact and fiction.

Jehra Patrick sees herself as an “administrator of images” who mines museum spaces and archives for visual resources that document museum operations and histories. She selects compositions informed by her working knowledge of art history and contemporary art and then produces paintings that incorporate diachronic allusions to art movements and artists. Patrick also creates photographic prints that abstractly re-present historical documents from oblique angles. These paintings and photographic prints form an expanding personal index that plays off of institutional narratives, replying with new “museal” objects.

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The five Jerome fellows were among 236 applicants from Minnesota who in fall of 2011 applied for a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. The three arts professionals who served as jurors were Bruce Charlesworth, assistant professor of film, video, and new genres at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and one of the first five Jerome Fellowship recipients in 1981; Miki Garcia, executive director of Contemporary Arts Forum Santa Barbara; and Cherise Smith, associate professor of art history and African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

In addition to receiving $10,000 each, over this past year the fellows had the opportunity to host studio visits with three critics of their choosing: Bartholomew Ryan, arts journalist Tyler Green, and independent curator Regine Basha.

Since 1981 the Jerome Foundation has generously funded these fellowships for emerging artists, which are designed to identify and support outstanding artists in the state of Minnesota at the early stages of their professional careers. Over the past 30 years over 150 artists have benefitted from this fellowship program. The fellowship program is administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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 makes grants to not-for-profit organizations and individual artists living in the state of Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City.

Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts education, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is home to more than 700 students and offers professional certificates, bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of science degrees, and graduate degrees.