Artist Talks: MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowship Series XV

Artist Talks: MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowship Series XV
MCBA Studios
*Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we’ve decided to postpone all public events in March and April. We will be rescheduling these events, so please be on the lookout for updates.

Free and open to the public

Meet the recipients of the MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowship Series XV:

  • Austin Nash, printmaker
  • Shun Jie Yong, photographer
  • Sarah Evenson and Jade Herrick, collaborative illustration and printmaking team

Austin, Shun, Sarah, and Jade will be discussing their artistic process and their experiences in the Fellowship program. The MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowship provides studio access and a project stipend to Minnesota based early career artists whose primary artistic expression is in the book form. The goal of the program is designed to advance early career book artists both critically and creatively in their practice.  

This talk is free and open to the public. We ask that you RSVP via Eventbrite.

Fellowship recipient bios and project summaries:

Austin Nash is a Minneapolis-based designer and printmaker. Austin has participated as an intern at Highpoint Center for Printmaking and Hamilton Ink Spot and is currently a designer in Target’s Brand Design Lab. He is also a board member of Proof Public, a local letterpress co-op focused on community engagement through printmaking. Austin’s work has been exhibited at Winona Art Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His prints are included in collections at MCBA and the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. For his Jerome Fellowship, Austin will produce a series of screen prints that examine mood, tone, and rhythm of color. He will be collaborating with poets to explore a journey of the visual/verbal language of color and emotion.

Photo by Libby Wiswall

Shun Jie Yong is a portrait photographer who documents immigrants and refugees in the United States and Malaysia. Shun is a second-generation Chinese immigrant from Malaysia and also a resident alien in the United States. Shun received his MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has been living in Minnesota for ten years and is still adapting to life in America. Shun has exhibited at Art at 801 Gallery, Squirrel Haus Arts, Open Eye Theater, and New Rules. Shun is the co-founder of CarryOn Homes project, which has collaborated with institutions such as Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Walker Art Center to bridge the gap between immigrant communities and museums by designing activities that engage with the public. For his Jerome Fellowship project, Shun will create an interactive installation honoring immigrants and refugees in their work environments in order to share stories, connect communities, and provide a sense of belonging for himself.

Working collaboratively under the name RUMTUM, gender-variant artists Sarah Evenson and Jade Herrick create zines/prints/posters celebrating the joy and playfulness of queer identity. Sarah (they/them) is a printmaker, illustrator, former winter resident at the Penland School of Crafts, and a recipient of awards through the Caxton Club, CERF+, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (via Hamilton Ink Spot). Jade (they/them) is a visual artist with a background in illustration and a vibrant sketchbook practice. Having worked in tandem since 2017, Sarah and Jade will publish a quarterly artists’ zine in service of queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming people. Their zines will include original text and imagery that explore the body as a fluid, changeable space and communicate nuanced perspectives and empower the LGBTQA+ community.


Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped early career artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Through these fellowship and mentorship opportunities, Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines have created book arts projects that challenge and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.