Jerome Fellowships

MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships

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

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is pleased to announce the recipients of our fifteenth series of the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships:

      • Austin Nash, printmaking
      • Shun Jie Yong, photography
      • Collaborative team Sarah Evenson and Jade Herrick, illustration and printmaking 

Three jurors, reflecting diverse perspectives and expertise, reviewed the 29 applications received to select the winning fellows. They were: Tricia Heuring, Director and Curator of Public Functionary and Studio 400 in Minneapolis; Aki Shibata, artist and past MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship recipient; and Keith Taylor, photographer and past MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship recipient.

Since 1985, MCBA has partnered with the Jerome Foundation to help early career artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Under the previous fourteen series of fellowships and seven series of mentorships, this program has served Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines, including printers, papermakers, bookbinders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, choreographers, filmmakers and others. With projects ranging from exquisitely-crafted fine press volumes and documented performances to one-of-a-kind installations, Minnesota early career artists have created work that  breaks the bindings and redefines conventional notions of book form and content.

About the 2019 MCBA/Jerome Fellowship Recipients:

Austin Nash is a Minneapolis-based designer and printmaker. Austin has participated as an intern at Highpoint Center for Printmaking and Hamilton Ink Spot and is currently a designer in Target’s Brand Design Lab. He is also a board member of Proof Public, a local letterpress co-op focused on community engagement through printmaking. Austin’s work has been exhibited at Winona Art Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His prints are included in collections at MCBA and the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. For his Jerome Fellowship, Austin will produce a series of screen prints that examine mood, tone, and rhythm of color. He will be collaborating with poets to explore a journey of the visual/verbal language of color and emotion.

Photo Credit: Libby Wiswall

Shun Jie Yong is a portrait photographer who documents immigrants and refugees in the United States and Malaysia. Shun is a second-generation Chinese immigrant from Malaysia and also a resident alien in the United States. Shun received his MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has been living in Minnesota for ten years and is still adapting to life in America. Shun has exhibited at Art at 801 Gallery, Squirrel Haus Arts, Open Eye Theater, and New Rules. Shun is the co-founder of CarryOn Homes project, which has collaborated with institutions such as Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Walker Art Center to bridge the gap between immigrant communities and museums by designing activities that engage with the public. For his Jerome Fellowship project, Shun will create an interactive installation honoring immigrants and refugees in their work environments in order to share stories, connect communities, and provide a sense of belonging for himself.

Working collaboratively under the name RUMTUM, gender-variant artists Sarah Evenson and Jade Juno create zines/prints/posters celebrating the joy and playfulness of queer identity. Sarah (they/them) is a printmaker, illustrator, former winter resident at the Penland School of Crafts, and a recipient of awards through the Caxton Club, CERF+, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (via Hamilton Ink Spot). Jade (they/them) is a visual artist with a background in illustration and a vibrant sketchbook practice. Having worked in tandem since 2017, Sarah and Jade will publish a quarterly artists’ zine in service of queer, transgender, and gender nonconforming people. Their zines will include original text and imagery that explore the body as a fluid, changeable space and communicate nuanced perspectives and empower the LGBTQA+ community.

About the 2019 MCBA/Jerome Fellowship Jurors: 

Tricia Heuring is a curator, arts organizer, and educator. Her curatorial practice is balanced between individualized support for emerging artists and building systemic change in the nonprofit arts sector. Tricia is the co-founder of Public Functionary, a multidisciplinary arts platform. Currently, Tricia serves as the Board Chair of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and works as a consultant with Forecast Public Art.


Keith Taylor is a London-born photographer and printmaker, specializing in platinum-palladium, polymer-photogravure, and gelatin-silver prints, who now lives in Minneapolis. He uses photography to render landscapes, both real and imagined, playing with tensions between geography and experience. His work has been widely exhibited across the US and the UK; he is a four-time recipient of fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and his photographs are held in many private, corporate, and museum collections. In 2011 he was awarded a Minnesota Center for Book Arts/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship. He teaches printmaking workshops at Highpoint Center for Printmaking and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is represented by Obscura Gallery, Santa Fe, and Iris Gallery, Boston, MA.

Aki Shibata was born in Tokyo, Japan, and  moved to the USA for her art education. She has worked for Public Art Saint Paul and taught bookmaking, printmaking, and papermaking at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Currently, she facilitates professional development programs at the IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, Leadership)  Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Her hopes are to create more places and ways to let people meet their peace. She creates artworks that explore authentic self in public spaces.



Past Jerome Fellows