The TEXTILE CENTER, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $10,800 in support of programs and services for emerging Minnesota fiber artists during its 2009-10 fiscal year. The Center is a regionally-based national center for fiber art. Its mission is to honor textile traditions and promote excellence and innovation in fiber art, which encompasses a wide range of forms including weaving, quilting, knitting, sewing, dyeing, felting, needlework, lace making, basketry, and beading. Jerome dollars will be directed to the exhibition program, which features the works of emerging artists; intensive seminars and workshops for emerging professional textile artists; access to the state-of-the-art Dye Lab; and other programs and services benefiting emerging artists.
The MINNEAPOLIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $15,000 in support of the publication of a book of photographs by PAUL SHAMBROOM, to be issued by Johns Hopkins University Press. This is an example of the two or three Foundation grants per year to established, mid-career artists who are facing significant opportunities to advance their work on national and international levels. Shambrooms book Face to Face with the Bomb: Nuclear Reality after the Cold War, his first published volume, represents the first comprehensive inside photographic look at the United States nuclear arsenal. He has visited more than 30 restricted military sites in 17 states and overseas during the last ten years and has been granted unprecedented access by Defense officials.
JULIE ELHARD, is a string musician and teacher who received funding to spend two weeks in Seattle, Washington, studying early music performance on the vielle and viola da gamba with Margret Tindeman. Elhard performs medieval and renaissance music on these instruments and plans to create a professional da gamba consort.
The BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE, Brooklyn, New York, as fiscal sponsor for choreographer LUCIANA ACHUGAR, received $8,000 in support of the creation, development, and production of the work PURO DESEO. The mission of BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange is to advance artistic development and unite diverse constituencies by providing support for emerging performing artists, arts education for Brooklyn youth from low/moderate income families, teaching residencies in Brooklyn public schools, and an annual presenting season in its theater. achugars PURO DESEO embraces the darkness of the cavernous black box and its inherent magic and mystery. achugar draws inspiration from paranormal phenomena, the occult, and representations of monstrosity in Gothic film and literature. Through a visceral and intuitive experience of sound, movement, and the exaggerated presence of light, long-time collaborator Michael Mahalchick and achugar build their performance as an incantation. PURO DESEO will be produced at The Kitchen in the spring of 2010.