The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, on behalf of the Jerome Foundation, is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2014/15 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists: Miranda Brandon, Regan Golden-McNerney, Jess Hirsch, Sieng Lee, and Jason Ramey, all of the Twin Cities.
These artists were selected out of a pool of 252 applicants by a panel of arts professionals that included Candida Alvarez, artist and professor in the painting and drawing department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Shannon Fitzgerald, curator, writer, and executive director of Rochester Art Center; and David Norr, independent curator and writer currently based in New York City.
This competitive fellowship provides $12,000 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 fall 2015 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.
About the Artists
Miranda Brandon’s work focuses on the entangled relations and shared spaces between human and non-human species, specifically birds in her two most recent bodies of work. Her love for birds grew out of time spent volunteering in the avian nursery at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where she helped care for sick, injured, and orphaned birds. Later volunteering for the local Audubon, monitoring for bird fatalities due to window collisions, she began her project Impact highlighting the consequences of how spaces are constructed. Miranda continues to volunteer for the Audubon and also for The Raptor Center, rehabilitating flight strength in raptors prior to release, and has been collaborating with the Audubon on the Vikings stadium glass issue. She has a BFA from MCAD and an MFA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Regan Golden-McNerney depicts ecological change in the American landscape using altered photographs and drawing materials. Her work focuses on the scrubby forests and ragged prairies that border subdivisions and railroad tracks. Golden's hand-cut photographs and large-scale drawings have been exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally, including Gallery 44: Centre for Contemporary Photography, Harvard University's Fisher Museum, The Cue Foundation and the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. She has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and The Core Program. Golden is also currently an art critic for Modern Painters and ARTPulse. She has a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Jess Hirsch is a sculptor and installation artist exploring alternative medicine and healing modalities through interactive sculpture. She focuses her art practice on educating the public on alternative health practices through everyday experiences such as bathing, eating, and sleeping. Her sculptures range from full room installations where the viewer enters a new space to experience healing, to small take home sculptures, where the viewer can privately experience the sculpture. Hirsch is the co-founder of Powderhorn Kitchen, a radical school/gallery/store that offers handmade objects, home-brewed medicine, and socially engaged installation with the art community. She received a BA from Lewis and Clark College and an MFA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Sieng Lee is an installation artist and designer interested in creating work related to his refugee experience as a first generation Hmong American. Lee’s work reflects and questions the changes that are happening within his community as assimilation becomes inevitable. He is interested in the amount of cultural content generated by Hmong Americans, in academia and in social spaces like the web, media, politics, and events. He is a National Addy winner and helped design the We Are Hmong exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society. Lee holds a BS in Graphic Design from Herzing University in Madison, WI, and an MFA from MCAD.
Jason Ramey work has explored relationships between furniture and American vernacular interiors and exteriors. His current project, Impeding Signage, focuses on roadside signs found on the I-94 corridor between Madison, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. His focus is signage placed by locals, often times disregarding the architecture, space, and/or current surroundings in which the sign is placed. He is using these visual cues as a catalyst for signage constructed in his own backyard. Another ongoing project, Pocket Change, uses furniture as a common thread; Pocket Change explores interpersonal relationships within neighboring houses in areas commonly called "pockets." He received a BFA from the Herron School of Art and Design, and both an MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
About the Jerome Foundation
The Jerome Foundation, created 50 years ago 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 arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City. The Jerome Foundation celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2014 by honoring the creation, development, and production of new work by emerging artists, and the organizations that support them. Visit the 50th Anniversary website for more information about Jerome Foundation’s history of grant making.
The focus of the Jerome Foundation is to support emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:
who take risks and embrace challenges;
whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrator.
About the Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to art and design education, MCAD is home to nearly eight hundred students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Learn more online at mcad.edu