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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.
Three jurors will review all applications and select six mentorship recipients. 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.
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)
- Three months of basic book arts training at MCBA
- Free tuition to participate in up to three workshops offered by MCBA through its regular adult education schedule (artist pays applicable supply/material fees)
- The ability to meet regularly with a mentor and attend master classes that provide contextual and historical foundations for book arts
- One year free membership to MCBA
- Recognition through a culminating exhibition in MCBA’s main gallery
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 twelve 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 and content.
Awards and Eligibility
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
Applications are reviewed by a panel of jurors representing the broad conceptual range of the art form. Jurors are not identified until after fellowship recipients are announced.
How to Apply
Applications are due by Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:59pm.
Artists considering applying for a Book Arts Mentorship are invited to one of several public information sessions at MCBA, to ask questions about the application process and learn about the resources and equipment available.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014; 7:00pm
Information session #1
Thursday, July 31, 2014; 6:00pm
Information session #2
Monday, August 4, 2014; 12:00pm
Information session #3
Monday, September 1, 2014; 11:59pm
All application materials must be submitted through MCBA’s online application portal by 11:59pm Monday evening, September 1. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Announcement of mentorship recipients
Tuesday, October 21, 2014; 7:00pm
Mentorship program commences with initial meeting and orientation at MCBA’s studios (mandatory for all recipients)
Group exhibition opens
If you have any questions about the Book Arts Mentorship program or the application process that this webpage does not answer, please contact Anna Boyer by phone at 612-215-2526 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any technical issues with the submission process, please contact us at email@example.com; include “Mentorship application” in the subject of your email.