SUPPORT FOR EARLY CAREER ARTISTS
Through the Jerome Project Grants for Emerging Fiber Artists program, Textile Center has supported and celebrated the creative spirit of emerging fiber artists by helping them develop professionally and thrive in their studios. Textile Center has received a total of 11 years of program support from the Jerome Foundation to fund projects for 40 emerging Minnesota artists working in the field of fibers and textiles. All of the projects culminated in exhibitions, like the 2019/2020 grantee exhibition, Roots of Our Labor. (Click HERE to see the virtual exhibition.) Thank you to Jerome Foundation and all of the early career artists who have worked together to produce these amazing new projects.
With a year of scaled-back programming during the pandemic in 2021, we continued our support of two early career artists through Art Speaks: Emerging Artists. These artist’s work in fiber art studio practice was supported through opportunities at Textile Center, including public presentations and conversations around their current practices, and promotion of their work to our audience through our social media channels. Links to the digital presentations of their work are below. In 2022, support for early career artists returned to previous levels with our CONTINUUM exhibition and related programming, to supported open ended creation of work for early career BIPOC artists through exhibitions, residencies, curatorial internships, public presentations, and digital documentation on our website and through our social media channels.
2021: Maxine Britt, gender neutral fashion and Alonzo Pantoja, fiber and installation
2022: CONTINUUM, exhibition and program
2023: Mining Mending, exhibition and program (information forthcoming)