Book Arts Fellowships

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

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Jennifer Amie and Jeffrey Morrison (series VIII recipients)
Suitcase Farming: Travels in Three Volumes

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Bill Moran (series VIII recipient)
Types of Insects

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Susannah Bielak
Bus Parts

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Heather O’Hara (series VIII recipient)
The Handbook of Practical Geographies

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Laura Migliorino (series VIII recipient)
Leaving Santa Lucia

MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowship Series XIII

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

Paper artist Eric Gjerde

Eric Gjerde is a paper artist who explores shape and structure using complex folding techniques he developed through years of experimentation. He began his journey into the world of paper 10 years ago, returning to a childhood love of paper in an effort to restore his creative spirits. This led to a deeper appreciation for the beauty of origami, resulting in the publication of his popular book “Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs”. His main focus lies in tessellations — repeating patterns and forms that extend infinitely — and most recently in the development of new biological “living” paper mediums.

Book artist Dana LeMoine

Dana LeMoine received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in Printmaking. She went on to earn her MFA from Arizona State University, focusing on Printmaking and Artist Books. She currently pursues these art forms in Minneapolis, dividing her time between Highpoint Center for Printmaking and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. LeMoine is interested in collaborative and community-based printmaking and has worked on numerous projects in this vain. Dana also has a passion for teaching art and has taught courses at ASU as well as the Mesa Art Center in Arizona. She currently teaches printmaking classes at Highpoint.

Artist Aki Shibata

Aki Shibata was born in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to the USA for her art education, and graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Photography from the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN. Shibata states that she “creates more places and ways to let people meet their fear, honesty and peace.” Her artworks are an examination of her body and mind in public and gallery spaces. In many cases she incorporates the essence of regular life into her artistic process and practice. She has shown works in galleries in Tokyo, Milwaukee, Madison, and throughout the Twin Cities, and has practiced street dance in New York, Chicago, Tokyo and the Twin Cities. She has worked as an assistant education programing coordinator for Public Art Saint Paul, and taught and programmed bookmaking, printmaking, and papermaking at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She has also taught at Perpich Center for Arts Education, Saint Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools, Walker Art Center, White Bear Arts Center and Lebanon Hills Nature Centers. Currently Ms. Shibata teaches science, technology and art classes at Science Museum of Minnesota. She loves to watch a river with people, dance on the street with her music, cook, talk, and live honestly.

Three jurors, reflecting diverse perspectives and considerable expertise, reviewed 27 applications to make the final selection of three recipients. The jurors included: Wendy Fernstrum, book artist and past MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship recipient; Elaine Rutherford, painter and professor of art at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University; and Todd Thyberg, book/print artist, proprietor of Angel Bomb letterpress and design studio, and past MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship recipient.

With generous funding from the Jerome Foundation and technical guidance from MCBA, the Fellowship recipients will develop their independent projects throughout the coming year. The program will culminate in a group exhibition at MCBA, opening in November 2016.

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 emerging artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new book works. Under the previous twelve series of fellowships and five series of mentorships, Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines — including printers, papermakers, binders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, choreographers, filmmakers, and many others — have created projects ranging from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes to documented performances to one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.

A fourteenth series of the Book Arts Fellowship will begin in fall 2017, with applications due in early September.

Awards and Eligibility

The Fellowship program is open to emerging artists of all disciplines whose primary means of expression is the book form.

Fellowship recipients must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to complete their proposed projects. Recipients have one year to complete the proposed work, which will then be exhibited at MCBA. Recipients will also give public presentations relating to their work.

Artists selected for the Book Arts Fellowship will receive:

  • Up to $5,000 which may be applied to materials and supplies necessary for completion of the project, studio rental costs, and fees to collaborating artists and writers (subject to state and federal income tax guidelines)
  • Studio and equipment access
  • Artistic support from MCBA staff and artists
  • One year free membership to MCBA
  • Recognition through a culminating exhibition in MCBA’s main gallery

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 XII (2013-14) 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.

If you have any questions about the Book Arts Mentorship program or the application process that this webpage does not answer, please contact Artist and Adult Programs Director Anna Bredeson by phone at 612-215-2526 or by email at abredeson@mnbookarts.org.

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