Three Jerome Artists

Jan 10 to Feb 23

Opening reception: Friday, January 10, 6 – 8 pm
Artist talks, NCC library: Friday, January 10, 4 pm

Three Jerome Artists features the work of the 2019 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant recipients: Erin Paradis, Zoe Powell, and Lynn Wadsworth. Each artist spent the past 8+ months pursuing a unique project, the results of which will be featured in the exhibition.

Erin Paradis has been diligently earning opportunities and accolades in the state of Minnesota, pushing her work in scale and reach. The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant provided an opportunity for her to focus even more pointedly on advancing her career. She received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant prior, which allowed her to equip a home studio with a kiln, and made it possible for her to increase her scale for her first solo show in Minneapolis in 2017. In 2018, she received an Open Studio Fellowship through Franconia Sculpture Park and installed her largest work to date. The Jerome award has allowed Paradis to upgrade her glaze area, acquire a HEPA filter for her studio, invest in computer hardware upgrades for the business side of her practice, and attend a workshop with Linda Lopez at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her work is a recollection of spatial encounters, mimicking line, texture, and color. She abstractly materializes particular instances through installation of sculptural forms and their relationships to one another.
“In my studio practice, these encounters are translated into abstract drawings, sculptural ceramic objects, and reinterpretations of drawn imagery,” she explains.

Zoe Powell was finding joy in the struggle to reach compromise with native materials, but she also found that sometimes the compromise required by the nature of these materials was too great; her forms yielded to material demands too often. Wanting to showcase the inherent grace of her forms, she proposed a body of work in unglazed porcelain, which she thought would sit in complement to her native-clay work, “highlighting my ideals of fragility and elegance in a new way.” Powell found that the funding for this research has empowered her to create harmony among her surfaces, forms, and ideas. The sculptural work Powell delivers serves as a formal exploration of human emotions. It is an attempt to visualize the intangible. Powell is a former wood-fire resident of both the Cub Creek Foundation, in Appomattox, Virginia, and Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project, in Northern California. She is a past Virginia Museum of Fine Arts fellowship recipient and has been awarded numerous grants for her work with native clays and wood firing. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries around the country and in 2019, she was named an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly.

Lynn Wadsworth was chosen to receive the Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant by our jurors because of the humor, intelligence, and “an element of surprise” in her work. Wadsworth confounds the idea of “women’s work,” creating incongruous connections between materials and processes. She undermines the concept of fine craft materials with handicraft materials and, in doing so, puts viewers in a position to question their assumptions of existing hierarchies on multiple levels. She has used her grant year to engage regional and national craft artists in conversations about the boundaries defining their practice in order to better understand her own studio compulsions. Her work has been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries including The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Northern Clay Center, Carleton College (all MN), and Rutgers University (NJ), Hyde Park Art Center (IL), Art in General (NY), Queens College (NY), A.I.R. Gallery (NY),
and Momenta Fine Arts (PA).