2018/19 MCAD-Jerome Fellowship Exhibition | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2018/19 MCAD-Jerome Fellowship Exhibition

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2018/19 MCAD/Jerome Fellowship Exhibition

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.


2018/19 MCAD-Jerome Foundation Fellowships Catalog PDF


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.


The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is honored to have been the administrative home for this fellowship program since its inception in 1981. These artists were selected out of a pool of 175 applicants by a panel of arts professionals that included Taylor Aldridge, independent art writer and curator based in Detroit, Michigan; Vincenzo de Bellis, curator at the Walker Art Center; and Yumi Roth, associate professor of art at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Remarking on the fellowship jurying process, Yumi Roth stated, “I truly appreciated the opportunity to visit each finalist in their studio where over the course of two days the other jurors and I reviewed conceptual and process-based work in sculpture, painting, photography, video, and printmaking. The chance to speak with each artist gave me a stronger sense of each one's practice and interests and better grounding to determine a group of finalists for the Jerome.”

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


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 early career/emerging 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.