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Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency 2018-2019

Lamia Abukhadra, Connor Rice, Nancy Hicks

Left to right: Lamia Abukhadra, Connor Rice, Nancy Hicks

Beginning in September of 2018, Connor Rice, Lamia Abukhadra, and Nancy Julia Hicks began the Jerome Residency individually and collectively. In addition to their studio time, the residents have visited the Herschel V. Jones Print Study Room at Mia as well as the collection of prints at the Walker Art Center. Highpoint also hosted Fred Hagstrom (Professor of Art, Carleton College) and Jeremy Lundquist (artist and educator) for two in-progress critiques. At midway point of the residency, this is what each has been up to thus far

Connor Rice is exploring the use symbols and more recently, pattern to establish a “gritty” visual language which he’ll use to generate materials that communicate his ideas. The widespread experimentation with materials and processes he’s undertaken as a Jerome Resident has benefitted his decision-making and helped him to narrow his focus. He’s most looking forward to showcasing his printed tapestries at the exhibition in May.

Nancy Julia Hicks has been creating trace monotypes, artist books, and screenprints on various papers and fabrics that they will sew and mold into objects. The sources that they have been working with include old family photos, their grandfathers’ oil well reports, and prose about familial history in relation to neocolonialism.

Lamia Abukhadra is using poetics to subvert the colonial imagination and perception of Palestine. She’s made illustrative prints and reimagined a newspaper based on an actual newspaper called Al Shaab that was published by a relative in Palestine until 1948. These objects document, complicate, and respond to the events leading up to her family's dispossession and betrayal. Lamia recently began altering found 35mm slides from the 1970s which promote tourism in Israel and perpetuate harmful colonial narratives about the occupation of Palestine.

Please join us at Highpoint on May 24 to see their work and hear them speak about it. The reception is from 6:30-9pm with remarks taking place at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

A very special thanks to David Jones and Andrea Carlson for reviewing all of the applicant materials and selecting the residents!

The 2018-2019 Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency was made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

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