6:30 pm


Highpoint Center for Printmaking

912 West Lake Street


Jerome Emerging Printmakers Exhibition 2018-2019
Lamia Abukhadra, Connor Rice, Nancy Julia Hicks

ON VIEW: MAY 24 - JULY 13, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 24, 6:30 – 9 pm, gallery talk with artists at 7pm

Please join Highpoint to celebrate the culminating exhibition of our 2018-2019 Jerome Emerging Printmakers: Lamia Abukhadra, Connor Rice (CRICE), and Nancy Julia Hicks. With the generous support of the Jerome Foundation, the artists were provided nine months of access to Highpoint’s printmaking facilities, technical support, in-progress group critiques with invited arts professionals, and the opportunity to work in a studio environment that encourages experimentation and growth.

The show opens with a free public reception on Friday, May 24 from 6:30–9 pm. The artists will give a gallery talk at 7 pm and refreshments will be served. 

The residency, funded with a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, is open to emerging Minnesota printmakers — defined here as artists who show significant potential, yet have not received a commensurate amount of professional accomplishment or recognition regardless of age or recognition in other fields. Residents were selected on the basis of their dedication, interest, and potential in printmaking as well as the artistic merit of their work.

Using graphic symbols and pattern with a restrained color scheme, Connor Rice’s stark compositions establish a “gritty” visual language to comment on the exploitation of the black identity and to reflect on personal experiences within a Eurocentric society. Highpoint’s Jerome Residency enabled widespread experimentation with materials and processes that yielded a collection of printed work; most notably a series of large tapestries.

Nancy Julia Hicks has mined familial history, unearthing primary source material for use in works that address neocolonialism and work to investigate the particular place that they inhabit in the resulting society. Nancy created monotypes, artist books, and screenprints on various papers and fabrics that they have made into soft sculptures and objects that also showcase a distinctive and skillful approach to stitching.

Lamia Abukhadra's interdisciplinary research-based practice challenges harmful dominant narratives which perpetuate the settler-colonial imagination, as well as acts of violence and ethnic cleansing, in Palestine and its diasporic spaces. She examines how violent colonial inventions such as archiving, urban planning, and geography affect the perception of Palestine, and Palestinian experiences and representation. The artist embeds her own frameworks which bring to light strange personal and historical connections and poetic occurrences. Her work at Highpoint ranges from re-imagined newspapers to diagrams and sculpture which investigate family history, detail experiences of loss, and explore the term "infrastructures of intimacy."

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