MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Series VIII

MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series VIII
On view November 10, 2023 –February 3, 2024
MCBA Main Gallery

Opening reception FRIDAY, November 10; 6–8pm*
Free and open to the public

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series VIII. With generous funding from the Jerome Foundation, workshops, and critical support from MCBA, the Jerome Mentorship recipients spent one year developing skills in  contemporary and traditional book arts techniques.

*Please note that parking near Open Book on Friday, November 10, will be limited due to a US Bank Stadium concert. Plan to arrive early.

This exhibition features new work from the following artists:

D’Angelo Christian‘s photographs contain day to day and acknowledgment of love and gesture contained within family, loved ones, and natural world. To collect and preserve his own personal history and give agency to his own identity is why he photographs.

Suriya Sam-Khuth (she/they) is a Khmer-American collage artist and independent curator from Rochester, Minnesota.  Through acts of seeing, tearing, folding, cutting, and piecing together fragments, their practice reflects on the overlaps between the processes of collage and becoming. Suriya holds a BA in Media and Cultural Studies from Macalester College. Upon graduating in 2020, they are grateful to have been awarded grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the Southeast Asian Diaspora Project, the Emerging Curators Institute, the Chautauqua School of Art, and Public Functionary’s Studio 400 Incubator Program. They are also the founder and curator of Generation Magazine, a publication that gathers the voices of artists throughout the Cambodian diaspora.

Leah Klister is an artist and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College and an MA in Art Education from NYU. A passionate and skilled art educator, Leah taught almost all types of media to 7–12 graders for twelve years. In the summer of 2023, she was awarded a MRAC Next Step Fund grant. In addition, her work has been accepted for several solo and shared gallery shows within Minnesota and multiple juried shows at the national level, including the Boston Printmakers 2023 North American Print Biennial.

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped emerging 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.