Book Arts Mentorships

Due to COVID-19, MCBA and the Jerome Foundation will not be offering the 2020–2021 Jerome Mentorship program.

The 2021–2022 MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Residency (formerly known as the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship) application is now open.

MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Series VII

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

  • Chaun Webster, poet and sound artist
  • Daniel McCarthy Clifford, artist
  • Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, inter/anti-disciplinary artist and musician

Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra a.k.a. Lady Xok (enrolled Maya-Lenca Nation) is an inter/anti-disciplinary artist, musician, and culture bearer. Firmly rooted in Maya-Lenca cosmovision and Indigenous Futurisms, her experimental anti-disciplinary practice pulls across seemingly distant disciplines of archaeology, epigraphy, ethnoastronomy, theology, and public art. She writes and performs bilingual music under the pseudonym Lady Xok and is currently recording a Future-Folk EP, made possible by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, to be released this winter. Rebekah co-founded Electric Machete Studios, a Twin Cities Latinx Art + Music production house. During her Jerome Mentorship she will focus on a public art project titled The Mayan Calendar, which is an artistic and ethno-astronomy cultural revitalization project of Mayan epigraphy, astrology, and star maps.

Photo Credit: Nancy Musinguzi

Daniel McCarthy Clifford works across disciplines to explore the dynamics, materials, and histories of disciplinary structures; prisons and schools become entry points to a broader conversation about power, race, class, and sexuality. He holds a BA in art history and BFA in sculpture from the University of New Mexico, and recently completed an MFA in photography at the University of Minnesota. He is a current artist in residence in Weisman Art Museum’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration.

Photo credit: Christopher Selleck

Chaun Webster is poet and sound artist whose work uses a materialist temporality through a textual critic of linearity, while also interrogating memory, the afterlives of slavery, and black spatiality. Webster’s debut book, GeNtry!fication: or the scene of the crime, was published by Noemi Press April 2018. As a Jerome Foundation Mentorship Recipient, Webster will be focusing on death, time, and black sociality.

Photo Credit: Adjoa Akofio-Sowah

Three jurors, reflecting diverse perspectives and considerable expertise, reviewed the 37 applications received. They were: Ruthann Godollei, artist and educator; Emmett Ramstad, sculptor, participatory artist, and educator; and Christina Schmid, critical arts writer and educator.

Mentorship recipients will now embark on a year-long study of new artistic disciplines and one-on-one work with master artist mentors to develop their individual projects. The Mentorship program will culminate in an exhibition in MCBA’s main gallery in November 2019.

About the Book Arts Mentorship

The Book Arts Mentorship is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline. There are many reasons to explore book arts as a new artistic medium. As a highly malleable and versatile form of expression, book arts extend the possibilities of other art forms. You can create a conceptual space. Experiment with sequence and visual or verbal narrative. Use book art forms to extend, explore, document or reexamine work produced in other artistic disciplines.

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 thirteen series of Fellowships and four prior series of Mentorships 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.

Awards and Eligibility

Artists in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Literary arts (poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative nonfiction)
  • Visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, new media)
  • Music (composing)
  • Film / video (filmmakers, animation)
  • Theater (playwriting)
  • Dance (choreography)

Only originating artists in these disciplines are eligible for Jerome support; musicians, actors, directors, dancers, screenwriters and other such categories are not eligible.

Three jurors will review all applications and select three mentorship recipients. Artists selected for the Book Arts Mentorship will receive:

  • $2,000 for the purchase of materials and to supplement other project costs (subject to state and federal income tax guidelines)
  • Basic book arts training at MCBA
  • Free tuition to participate in up to four workshops offered by MCBA through its regular adult education schedule (artist pays applicable supply/material fees)
  • The ability to meet regularly with a mentor, MCBA staff, and fellow mentorship recipients
  • One year free membership to MCBA
  • Recognition through a culminating exhibition in MCBA’s main gallery
  • Studio and equipment use

Applications must be submitted by emerging artists. An “emerging artist” is generally defined as an artist who shows significant potential, yet has not received 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 status as “emerging” or “established”.

Applicants must reside in Minnesota and must have held legal residency in Minnesota for the preceding year.

An artist is not eligible to apply for the Book Arts Mentorship if they are:

  • a student, full-time or part-time
  • a current MCBA artist-in-residence or staff member
  • an artist who already uses book arts as a primary form of creative expression
  • an artist who is already well-established in their field of work
  • a prior recipient of any MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship or Fellowship

Questions regarding the Jerome Mentorship Program may be sent to Anika Schneider at

Past Jerome Mentees