The MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $50,000 in support of the participation of emerging artists in the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program. The Jerome Foundation has supported this program since 1976. Exhibitions are selected by a panel of artists who are elected by and from their peers, at an annual meeting of the artists' community. Artists are involved with all aspects of exhibition planning, including budget allocations, bringing their voices into the Museums daily process. Any artist who lives and works in Minnesota may submit an exhibition proposal. Since inception, the MAEP has presented 134 exhibitions.
Debra L. McClutchy, Madison, WI, $2,500 (Encouragement). Let the Girl Play. A 30-minute experimental video documentary on the Madison, WI, local rock-n-roll scene, which will investigate the increasing popularity and power of women musicians and bands.
Jerome Directors authorized a $12,000 grant to DANSPACE PROJECT, New York City, acting as fiscal agent for dance and performance artist DD DORVILLIER, in support of the creation of Big Snake, Small Ladder. Dorvilliers work is an eclectic mix of set and improvised dance states, using music, strange and absurd characters, mysterious and cartoon-like scenography with an affinity for the extreme and bizarre. Big Snake refers to the biggest obstacles, the things one fears the most, and Small Ladder is the subtle shift in thinking necessary to reckon with them. Big Snake, Small Ladder will explore objectification, scrutiny, and the limited and limitless nature of a dancer's silence. At the root of this work is an examination of the effects of sexual abuse and objectification occurring in the world at large and how these effects are reflected in art and dance circles in the guise of aesthetics and physical presence.
SECOND GENERATION PRODUCTIONS, New York City, received $10,000 to produce a musical, Making Tracks, about the Asian American experience. The work is described as a rock musical about an angst-ridden new media producer who kidnaps her dying grandfather from a suburban hospital to grant him his last wishto bring him home. She embarks with the old man on a fantastical journey across the country and into the history of Asians in America, guided by storytellers who challenge the granddaughter to rethink her journey in a new light as a continuation of those before her, and the beginning of those yet to come. The production unfolds in 12 fictional scenes including the building of the railroads, picture brides, World War II internment camps and the role of Asian American engineers in contributing to the construction of the high-tech backbone of this country. Following a first draft workshop production of Making Tracks in January of 1998, a select team of five of the original collaborators are developing the piece for full production in early 1999.
JEFFREY OESTREICH is a potter who lives in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. He will spend six weeks in England, Scotland and Wales to exhibit ceramic pieces, work in residence at the Bernard Leach Pottery and see comprehensive collections of ceramics in British museums.
CHRISTINE WONG YAP, interdisciplinary artist, Astoria, New York, will travel to Philadelphia and Berkeley to advance her understanding of positive psychology by attending the conference of the International Positive Psychology Association, and interviewing a leading social psychologist about cognitive science, creativity, and contemporary art during a visit to a contemporary art exhibition. Yap anticipates this experience will provide inspiration for her work. As an artist examining optimism and pessimism, she is interested in how art about happiness can be critically engaging on its own terms.
TARA SPARTZ, Minneapolis, MN, received a grant of $10,000 for I Hate Baby-sitting, a 45-minute narrative that tells the story of the big plan of two teenage girls to escape the frustrations of babysitting for one night, before beginning new lives in senior high school.
The DULUTH ART INSTITUTE, Duluth, Minnesota, received $15,000 in support of the participation of emerging artists in the Exhibition Program. Established in 1896, the Institute is an exhibiting organization, a school offering a wide array of classes, and a professional association for artists. The vast majority of the exhibitions feature artists who live and work in the Duluth metropolitan area and the rural areas surrounding it. The Institute mounts juried shows such as the Members' Show, the Arrowhead Biennial and the annual summer exhibition. It curates shows specifically aimed toward emerging artists, in solo and small group formats. There are also thematic exhibitions drawing heavily upon artists from the region.