The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, on behalf of the Jerome Foundation, is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2015/16 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists: Star Wallowing Bullfrom Moorhead, Minnesota, along with Emmett Ramstad, Holly Streekstra, Lindsay Rhyner, and Samual Weinberg, from the Twin Cities.
These artists were selected out of a pool of 220 applicants by a panel of arts professionals that included Ken Lum, artist and professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Monica Ramirez-Montagut, director of the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University; and Anne Dugan, executive and artistic director of the Duluth Art Institute.
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 of 2016 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
Star Wallowing Bull, an Ojibwe-Arapaho, creates vivid colored pencil on paper drawings, and more recently acrylic on canvas paintings that explore the complex intersection of Native American and American pop culture in the 21st century. Stylistically abstract but figurative, he synthesizes representational with non-representational images to construct narrative works that address the evolving identities, cultural stereotyping, and societal norms that affect contemporary American Indians. His subject matter frequently explores daily life, environmental concerns, political realities, and personal relationships and it is often viewed as autobiographical. He is represented by Bockley Gallery and was the recipient of a 2010 Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship.
Emmett Ramstad's work explores the intimate ordinary. Shaped by an interest in queer archival practices, his sculptures originate from collections of donated items such as toothbrushes, socks, and underwear and become minimalist monuments to bodies and their detritus. Ramstad has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including at ONE Archives, IHILIA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Print Center, and SOMArts. His exhibition in the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Art opens in January 2016. He received a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from MCAD.
Holly Streekstra is a sculptor and installation artist investigating our inner subjective states and psychic vulnerability in the contemporary world. She is interested in raising questions regarding our accepted notions and reactions, our choice to suspend disbelief, and our capacity for doubt. She seeks to create a space in which to exercise our imagination by placing the inquiring mind at the center of the work’s message. Streekstra is a 2013 Fulbright Scholar to Hungary. She holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an MFA from Louisiana State University.
Lindsay Rhyner spent her formative years nurturing multiple creative interests in the visual arts. Later she combined these assorted mediums such as costume making, beading, collage, and painting to create textile wall-hangings. She works in a variety of materials from unique sources, most being waste or second-hand fabric and plastic goods. Her work can be seen in in many private collections in Minneapolis and in the upcoming exhibition Material Worlds, part of the Minneapolis Artists Exhibitions Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Samual Weinberg's paintings depict strange, uncertain narratives where relationships are tentative and time and space are disjointed. Accompanying some of his paintings are 3D paintings or artifacts that seem to have emerged from the painting's world into our own, and are ostensibly, physical evidence of the painting's events. These parallels, repetitions, echoes, and materializations challenge other elements in the space or narrative as well as the nature of, and interplay between, fiction and reality; simultaneously addressing exactly where the scene is taking place, or when—not only in terms of duration and extent of separation of time, but also on an art historical and cultural continuum. He received his BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stout.
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 celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2014 by honoring the creation, development, and production of new work by emerging artists, and the organizations that support them.
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 administrators.
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.