Since 1981, this fellowship program has significantly advanced, artistically and critically, early career visual artists in Minnesota.
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), on behalf of the Jerome Foundation, is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2019/20 MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Early Career Artists: Sarah Abdel-Jelil, Zachary Betts, and Kaamil A. Haider of the Twin Cities, and Sophia Chai of Rochester, MN.
Artists considered for these fellowships may work in a variety of visual art media, including both traditional and new media. The program is aimed at visual artists who can present their work in a gallery context, and 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 competitively 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.
This program is administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at , 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.