Book Arts Fellowships

Get inspired! Scroll down to view selected works by past MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellows.


Suitcase Farming: Travels in Three Volumes
Jennifer Amie and Jeffrey Morrison

The suitcase and travel guide format for this bookwork relates to suitcase farmers of the 1930s; itinerant businessmen whose practices were precursory to modern agribusiness.


Types of Insects
Bill Moran

A 19th-century insect guide forms the basis for this fictional recreation. The book shows the effects of mutation and evolution on its contents if left unopened for 100 years.


Bus Parts
Susannah Bielak

Reflecting on the communal and sensory experience of mass-transit ridership, Bus Parts is comprised of 4 components, including Passage, a large-scale installation book with “pages” made up of 4 bus doors.


The Handbook of Practical Geographies
Heather O’Hara

The Handbook of Practical Geographies engages curious viewers with timely lessons in political and cultural understanding. Designed to make learning easy in these confusing times, the bookwork frames each lesson around a quote from a well-loved 1960s geography textbook.


Leaving Santa Lucia
Laura Migliorino

Leaving Santa Lucia explores the story of the artist’s grandparents’ arranged marriage and immigration to the United States from Italy. Images were layered using Photoshop, juxtaposing old and new photographs, postcards, letters, and immigration documents.

MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XIV

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of Series XIV of the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships:

  • Cathy Ryan, printmaker and book artist
  • Ioana Stoian, artist
  • Peng Wu, paper maker and social practice artist, and Jammo Xu, installation artist

Cathy Ryan is a book artist and printmaker based in Minneapolis, MN. For the fellowship she will produce a portfolio of mixed media prints that explores the natural world and reminds viewers to love, conserve and protect it. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art from San Francisco State University, and a post baccalaureate certificate in Print, Paper, Book from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work is included in the 2012 Quarry publication 1000 Artist Books, and, in 2014, she was an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, MN. She is a past recipient of the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship in 2011-2012.

Ioana Stoian is a self-taught, British born artist with a passion for paper. For her fellowship project, she plans to create a series of vibrant wordscapes – visual landscapes combining word, color and handmade paper. The project will focus on positivity and the themes of love, joy, compassion, creativity, and community. Since 2006 Ioana has been experimenting with two of her main interests – paper folding and papermaking. Her works focus on the harmony between color, structure, and form. Ioana is the author of Origami for All and The Origami Garden, and she participated in the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship program in 2014-2015.

Peng Wu and Jammo Xu will collaborate on a project that memorializes refugee deaths since 9/11. Peng Wu is a sculptor and papermaker working in social practice and public art. Originally from China, he has been based in Minneapolis since 2011. Peng is a collaborating artist with the One World Many Papers project and has had two Northern Spark projects. He received his MFA in visual studies from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He also has an MFA in product design and a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric physics. Minneapolis-based Jammo Xu is a visual storyteller who works with installation and public art. Also a native of China, Jammo received her MFA in visual studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She also has a bachelor’s degree in animation.

Three jurors, reflecting diverse perspectives and considerable expertise, reviewed the 18 applications received. They were: Kent Aldrich, master printer and proprietor of Nomadic Press in St. Paul; Christina Chang, independent curator; and Jody Williams, book artist and past MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship recipient. All were excited by the general quality of the applications received. After several hours of careful deliberation and discussion, they made a final selection of four participants.

Fellowship recipients will receive project funding, studio and equipment use, artistic support from MCBA staff and artists, as well as a one-year MCBA membership. Recipients have one year to complete the proposed work, which will be exhibited at MCBA in the fall of 2018.

Recipients will also give public presentations relating to their work on February 13, 2018 at 6pm in MCBA’s studios.

About the MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships

The book arts are a dynamic discipline within the larger landscape of contemporary art. At Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the definition of book arts is broad and inclusive. Though book arts often require binding, printing and/or papermaking to come to fruition, contemporary book artists use these traditional practices and others in surprising and exciting new ways. The creative evolution of book arts is limitless.

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Book arts projects funded by the eleven previous series range from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes and sculptural books to documented performances and one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.

Awards and Eligibility

The fellowship program is open to artists of all disciplines whose primary means of expression is the book form. Each applicant may submit a project proposal not to exceed $5,000. Funds may be applied to materials and supplies necessary for completion of the project, studio rental costs, and fees to collaborating artists and writers.

Applications must be submitted by an emerging artist or team thereof. An “emerging” artist is generally defined as an artist who shows significant potential, yet has not achieved a commensurate amount of professional recognition regardless of age or recognition in other fields. MCBA and the Jerome Foundation reserve the right to review and determine any applicant’s status as emerging or established.

Minnesota residency must be maintained during the entire program. In addition, applicants must have continuously resided in Minnesota for the preceding 12 months or longer.

You are NOT eligible to apply for this fellowship if you are:

  • a student pursuing a degree, full-time or part-time.
  • an MCBA artist-in-residence or staff member.
  • a Book Arts Fellowship Series XIII (2015-16) recipient.
  • a two-time prior Book Arts Fellowship recipient.
  • an established artist in any field or discipline.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of jurors representing the broad conceptual range of the art form. Jurors are not identified until after fellowship recipients are announced.

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Past Jerome Fellows

2017-2018 Series XIV

Cathy Ryan
Ioana Stoian
Peng Wu
Jammo Xu

2015-2016 Series XIII

Eric Gjerde
Dana LeMoine
Aki Shibata

2013-2015 Series XII

Georgia Greeley
Amara Hark Weber
Lisa Loudon
Alonso Sierralta
Amoreena Tarvas

2011-2012 Series XI

Will Cottman
Will Dinski
Amanda Lovelee
Cathy Ryan
Todd Thyberg

2019-2010 Series X

Bethany Kalk
Anna King
Joanne Price
Cecilia Ramón