Artwork and writing by six Minnesota artists with disabilities is featured February 11-27 at Homewood Studios in North Minneapolis. Each artist received an Emerging Artist Grant in 2015 from VSA Minnesota, with funding provided by the Jerome Foundation. This exhibit shows some of the new work they have created since then.
Renae Carpenter, Cambridge – acrylic painting;
Michael Cohn, St. Louis Park – dance: choreography and performance;
Naomi Cohn, St. Paul – poetry;
Chris Juhn, West St. Paul – photography;
Romayne Kilde, Fergus Falls – pencil drawings;
Liza Sylvestre, Minneapolis – multi-media: painting/drawing/performance.
Reception: Artists were honored at an opening night reception on February 11. They will also show and talk about their art at a closing reception on Saturday, February 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
Homewood Studios is an artists’ workspace and gallery/meeting space in North Minneapolis at 2400 Plymouth Avenue. It is designed for local artists and their neighbors in the belief the visible presence of working artists contributes to the vitality, self-image, and coherence of its community. Exhibit hours are: Tuesday 5-9 pm; Wednesday and Friday 1-6 pm; Saturday 1-4 pm. It is free.
VSA Minnesota has administered this grant program for the Jerome Foundation for 20 years. Six new 2016 Emerging Artist Grant recipients are announced in a separate story on the website. Their new work will be featured in an exhibit in 2017.
Several of the artists have upcoming events. Mike Cohn will perform new dance works with 7 other dancers in My Body Works, April 14-16 at 7:00 PM at the James Sewell TEK Box, part of the Cowles Center for Dance at 516 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.
Liza Sylvestre‘s work will be part of the Art(ists) on the Verge 7 exhibit opening at The Soap Factory on Saturday, March 12 from 7-11 pm for an exhibition opening reception. This collaboration with Northern Lights.mn is an intensive, year-long, mentor-based fellowship program for emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture. Also featuring Eric F. Avery, Jessica Henderson and Joshua McGarvey, the free exhibit runs through April 17 (Thurs.Fri. 2:00-8:00, Sat.-Sun. noon-5:00.