Lamia Abukhadra, Connor Rice, Nancy Julia Hicks
ON VIEW: MAY 24 - JULY 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, May 24, 6:30 – 9 pm, gallery talk with artists at 7pm
Please join Highpoint to celebrate the culminating exhibition of our 2018-2019 Jerome Emerging Printmakers: Lamia Abukhadra, Connor Rice, and Nancy Julia Hicks. With the generous support of the Jerome Foundation, the artists were provided nine months of access to Highpoint’s printmaking facilities, technical support, critiques with visiting artists and curators, and the opportunity to work in a studio environment that encourages experimentation and growth.
The show opens with a free public reception on Friday, May 24 from 6:30–9 pm. The artists will give a gallery talk at 7 pm and refreshments will be served.
The residency, funded with a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, is open to emerging Minnesota printmakers — defined here as artists who show significant potential, yet have not received a commensurate amount of professional accomplishment or recognition regardless of age or recognition in other fields. Residents were selected on the basis of their dedication, interest, and potential in printmaking as well as the artistic merit of their work.
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.
Highpoint would like to thank this year’s jurors Andrea Carlson (artist) and David Jones (artist and Former Executive Director of Anchor Graphics) who selected this group of Jerome Emerging Printmakers.
Additional thanks to guest critics Fred Hagstrom, Jeremy Lundquist, and Andrea Carlson and to Kristin Lenaburg at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for hosting the residents at the Herschel V. Jones Print Study Room and to Joe King and Annette Salazar for hosting the residents at the Walker Art Center.
Finally, Highpoint Center for Printmaking extends deep gratitude to The Jerome Foundation for its 16 years of support of this program. 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. Based in St. Paul, MN, the Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.
The 2018-2019 Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency was made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation.