Three book artists selected for the Jerome mentorship program


Minneapolis, MN – The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the newest recipients of the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts mentorship: Minneapolis-based photographer D’Angelo Christian; Michael Khuth, St. Paul-based independent curator and lens-based collage artist; and Leah Klister, Minneapolis-based artist and art educator.

Three jurors representing different book arts specialties selected the incoming artists. Latinx artist and printmaker Christpher Alday explores repetition, simple forms, print as material, and repetition. Artist and writer Regan Golden-McNerney creates large-scale collages and intricate designs inspired by urban plants. Originally from Argentina, Minnesota North Shore resident Cecilia Ramon is an eco-artist, bookmaker, teacher, and meditator.

Unlike the Jerome residency, these early-career artists primarily practice disciplines outside of the book arts. Mentees will spend the first half of the program learning fundamental skills such as bookbinding, letterpress printing and papermaking. Subsequently, they will develop individual projects using these new skills, culminating in an exhibition at the main gallery of the MCBA. Mentees will also receive funding for materials, an educational allowance, 24/7 access to MCBA’s state-of-the-art equipment and specialized studios, and mentorship support from staff. of MCBA, among other benefits.

Photographer D’Angelo Christian focuses on everyday scenes, the recognition of love, and the gestures contained within families, loved ones, and the natural world. Collecting and preserving her personal story and giving agency to her identity is what drives her work.

As a queer Khmer-American, Michel Khuth uses photography and collage as languages ​​to articulate and reflect on queerness, memory, fluidity and transformation. The recipient of numerous scholarships, fellowships and residencies, they are also founders and curators of Generation Magazine, a publication that brings together the voices of artists from across the Cambodian diaspora.

Leah Klister has a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College and an MA in Art Education with a focus on social justice and community practice from NYU. Leah taught all types of media from grades 7-12 before leaving the classroom to care for her daughters and focus on her art practice. Her current project is a series of relief prints on the intimacies of motherhood.

Mark your calendars for the Jerome Mentorship virtual presentations on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 6 p.m. and be on the lookout for more information about the Jerome Mentorship Expo in November 2023.


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