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Six Early Career Artists Receive 2019 Jerome Grants

Six Minnesota artists have been awarded 2019 Early Career Artist Grants of $2,000 each by VSA Minnesota. The 23rd annual awards, funded by the Jerome Foundation, recognize excellence by emerging, early career Minnesota artists with disabilities and encourage them to create new work. Selected from 28 applicants, grantees are:

Name City Medium
TIMothy Bruehl, Minneapolis — painting
Kevin Eldstrom, Cedar — sculpture
Owen Marciano, Minneapolis — drawing & painting
Gabriel Rodreick (Freaque), Minneapolis — music composition/performance
Acadia Stephan, Lindstrom — multi-media art books
Lacey Woida, St. Paul — photography

open-mouthed glaring performer seen from below has yellow hair, beard, moustache, bare tattooed chest, black leather/metal pants & vest

Drag King Spikey Van Dykey – photo by Lacey Woida


The grants were awarded following a jurying process conducted by individuals with backgrounds in the written, visual and performing arts. Panelists looked at samples of the artists’ work, resumes, artist statements and project proposals for creating new work. Artists who scored highest in artistic quality and career received awards. All grantees are first-time Jerome grant recipients. Members of the panels included:

Writing and Performance Panel:
Rebecca Dosch Brown, Mpls. – poet, writer, mixed media artist; staff at MNLEND and Institute on Community Integration
Mary Ellen Childs, Mpls. – composer, founder of the percussion ensemble CRASH; program director, McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers & Choreographers
Susan Haas, Mpls. – executive artistic director/founder, Open Eye Figure Theatre
Howard Lieberman, Stillwater – storyteller, past Fringe Fest & Patrick’s Cabaret performer/boards
Mark Olson, Mpls. – staff at Institute on Community Integration, Art for All
Pat Samples, Brooklyn Center – author, speaker, workshop presenter, advocate for creative aging
Visual Arts Panel:
Gabrielle (Raye) Cordes, Shafer – program assistant, Franconia Sculpture Park
Jenna Gustafson, Shafer – administrative intern, Franconia Sculpture Park
Jenny Keight, Mpls. – department coordinator, Education & Public Programs, Walker Art Center
Mary Beth Magyar, Rochester – artist and teacher
Megan McClanahan, St. Paul – inclusion/accessibility coordinator, St. Paul JCC
Leslie Palmer-Ross, Mpls. – director of Healthcare & Art Services, Art Force
Patti J. Paulson, Robbinsdale – artist, art curator, Lipstickcar.com creator
Sarah Stowell, Lakeville – director, Lakeville Arts Festival

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Seated Bend – by Owen Marciano


From 1996 to 2019, 144 grant awards have gone to 112 individuals, including 28 repeat winners, 76 Visual Artists, 34 Writers, 24 Performers/Composers, and 10 Multi-Media Artists.

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. It makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City. It is affiliated with the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

VSA Minnesota is a nonprofit organization working to make the arts accessible to people with disabilities. It will close at the end of September after 33 years offering arts opportunities and accessibility assistance for individuals and arts organizations. This is the last Early Career Artist grant it will administer. More information is on the Emerging Artists page of this website.

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