The St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center, Duluth, Minnesota, received $15,000 to continue the Lake Superior Writers' Series, an effort which Jerome has supported since 1981. The Writers Series, founded in 1978, generates support for and community among contemporary writers, both regionally based and national. The Series provides local writers with the opportunities to hear published authors; attend lectures, workshops and support groups; and participate in a writers competition which offers small awards and readings.
GREG YOLEN, Minneapolis, MN. Yolen received support for Don Ciegna, a 35mm feature-film about former baseball great Sam Maddox and his attempts to escape the consequences of his bi-polar personality. Sam led a rollercoaster life. Good looking and athletic, he breezed through his childhood as the playground enforcer. During his youth he was the designated hitter on the school team, which led to his successful career on the baseball diamond. At the same time, however, dark visions began to creep into his consciousness. He found himself plunged from the heights of being on top to the depths of complete desperation. This film follows his tumultuous journey.
PEYTON SCOTT RUSSELL, graffiti artist, Minneapolis, Minnesota, will travel to multiple locations in the United States: San Francisco, Kansas City, New York City, and Denver, to learn more about visual art and public murals that incorporate and emphasize graffiti art. He will meet with Graffiti Masters to further polish and sharpen his skills as a muralist and aerosol artist.
Artist NANCY RANDALL, received support to undertake a visit to Norway in order to create image about the placearchetypal and timelessand to create a new body of work. Norway offers her a place of pilgrimage.
The SONORA HOUSE, New York City, a presenter, producer and multicultural education programmer, provides sponsorship services to independent artists and organizations that do not yet have nonprofit status. Composer and pianist JUDITH SAINTE CROIX, under the auspices of Sonora House, received a grant of $10,000 to support the production, performance, distribution and marketing of a concert version of a new opera. This is the second grant Jerome Foundation has committed to this entrepreneurial composer/performer. She wishes to guide the performance, production, distribution and marketing of her work, with the goal being the implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan to result in increased bookings of Sainte Croix as a composer and performer. The immediate objectives are to create a total marketing package for Sainte Croixs music consisting of press regarding professional performances in New York City, production of the music on CD and marketing through touring and radio play.
ZOE BELOFF (a previous recipient), received funding for Shadow Land or Light From the Other Side, a black and white stereoscopic 16mm film about Elizabeth d'Eperance, a materializing medium who could conjure up full body apparitions.
Rebecca Thomas, New York City will travel to Seville, Spain, undertaking three months of intensive study to gain a significant level of mastery with the bata de cola (long-train dress), a technique and sub-genre of Flamenco dance. She will incorporate it into her vocabulary and creative process. She will study with Milagros Menjibar, known as la reina de la bata de cola, (the queen of the long-train dress); Menjibar combines the emotional force and elegance of classical flamenco with her own revolutionary touches. Thomas will also study with Maria Angeles Gabaldn, Yolanda Heredia, and Belen Maya-all highly regarded teachers and dancers of this form.
The Jerome Foundation continued its substantial subsidy of a Jerome Fellowship Program for visual artists at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As one of its community service initiatives, the College sponsors a Jerome Artist Fellowship program which, since 1981, has provided grants to 70 Twin Cities artists. Five are selected each year to receive fellowships of $6,000 each. They receive an exhibition and catalog at the end of their fellowship year; and they also benefit by one-on-one and group session with national arts critics/curators who offer professional criticism and encouragement. The Foundation's two-year commitment is $115,000.