From left: Ian Hanesworth, Dawn Tomlinson, Erin Lavelle
Dawn Tomlinson, Triangle Rings
Ian Hanesworth, With Serrated Edges
Erin Lavelle, Doing Dress

Textile Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019/20 Jerome Project Grants for Emerging Fiber Artists.

After a review process involving three professionals engaged with the field of fiber art, the jurors selected the winning artists – Ian Hanesworth and Erin Lavelle, both from Minneapolis, and Dawn Tomlinson from Eagan. During the selection process, these artists’ proposals were described as “clearly articulated with goals that would advance the artists’ emerging careers as well as draw attention to current creative trends involving identity, community engagement, and sustainability on behalf of Textile Center’s mission,” said Tracy Krumm, Director for Artistic Advancement.

  • Hanesworth intends to produce work that builds off research into deep ecology, kincentrism, and systems of reciprocity. They will work toward establishing a carbon-neutral, land-based practice, sourcing plant fibers from the environment and processing these materials using techniques that resonate closely with their conceptual concerns. Check out Hanesworth’s article, The Long Practice of Cumulative Attentiveness, on Mn Artists website.
  • Lavelle is planning a participatory opportunity for connection and discovery using social experience, fiber arts, and the practice of mindfulness to connect people and environment. Using concepts of breath and impermanence, she proposes to make a “living” installation using a grand, altered, embellished garment that evolves throughout a continuous doing-undoing-redoing cycle.
  • Tomlinson will work to develop a hybrid process combining geometric and freeform styles of beadwork as she moves the focus of her work from her own Korean adoptee identity to work that investigates the life of her birth mother. Research into the Camptown women of Korea and developing a storytelling component will inform and complement her project.

There will be a culminating exhibition of their projects, opening in May 2020.

Three jurors, all of whom are textile arts professionals, lent their expertise and time to review the 43 completed proposals. Ilse Aviks has been a practicing fiber artist for over 40 years and is known for her stitched works, essays and reviews about textiles, and teaching at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and workshops across the nation. Teresa Paschke is a Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University in Ames, IA, whose artwork and research have been recognized with numerous grants, fellowships, and exhibitions. Her current scholarship examines the impact of global perspectives on diverse urban landscapes. Cecilia Ramón is an artist/educator who currently teaches courses in art and cultural diversity, and multicultural art perspectives at the University of Minnesota- Duluth. A native of Argentina, Ramón’s sculptural and installation works have been exhibited internationally and she has received numerous grants and awards, including a Jerome Mentorship in 2006 and a Fellowship in 2010.

In partnership with Jerome Foundation, Textile Center selects emerging fiber artists based in Minnesota for individually designed project grants that inform and advance artistic development in the creation of new work. Together, Jerome Foundation and Textile Center support and celebrate the creative spirit of fiber artists and welcome applications from artists representing diverse cultural perspectives.

2018-2019 Jerome Recipients

  • Janet Dixon
  • Heather MacKenzie
  • Mary Pow

2016-2017 Jerome Recipients

  • Elizabeth Garvey
  • Julie Hassler
  • Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker
  • Catherine Missaghi

2016-2017 Exhibition: Loop • Skin • Rust • Mind

2015-2016 Jerome Recipients

  • Marcia Haffmans
  • Sarah Nassif
  • Alex Newby
  • Maggie Thompson

2015/2016 Exhibition: Observe • Record • Relate

2014/2015 Jerome Recipients

  • Sarah Kusa
  • Becka Rahn
  • Jennifer Schultz
  • Kate Vinson

2014/2015 Exhibition: You Know Who You Are

2014 Jerome Recipients

  • Susan Hensel
  • Kristi Kuder
  • Allison Roberts
  • Julie Sirek

2014 Exhibition: Truth Telling

2012/2013 Jerome Recipients

  • Moira Bateman
  • Marjorie Fedyszyn
  • Chiaki O’Brien
  • Caroline Keefe

2012/2013 Exhibition: Elemental Matter

2013 Exhibition of Jerome Alumni: Next

2011/2012 Jerome Recipients

  • Gay Kemmis
  • Lisa Loudon
  • Mary Mortenson
  • Kimber Olson

2010/2011 Jerome Recipients

  • Kristina Fjellman
  • Anne Larson
  • Brenda Brousseau
  • Kim Matthews

2009/2010 Jerome Recipients

  • Allison Roberts
  • Lyz Wendland
  • Kevin Kramp

2008/2009 Jerome Recipients

  • Maggie Dayton
  • Heidi Henderson
  • Ingrid Restemayer