2016-17 [email protected] Grantees Announced

Jerome Foundation and Camargo Foundation announce artist grantees for 2016–17 Jerome@Camargo Programs

Eleven artists across disciplines awarded fellowships through the Jerome Foundation in partnership with Art Matters, Movement Research, and Saint John's University and the Saint John's Pottery


ST. PAUL, MN (March 30, 2017) – The Jerome Foundation and Camargo Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 grantees for the Jerome@Camargo program, wherein artists from multiple disciplines are granted fellowships to do research and work at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. The Jerome@Camargo program is open to grantees supported by the Jerome Foundation within the last five years.

The Board of Trustees of the Jerome Foundation awarded 2016-17 fellowships to the following:

  • Amir ElSaffar (under fiscal sponsorship of Alwan for the Arts), composer and musician, for a residency to compose a new work commissioned by the Royaumont Foundation in France and to be premiered by the ICTUS Ensemble at Royaumont in September 2017.
  • 600 HIGHWAYMEN (under fiscal sponsorship of Brooklyn Arts Exchange) to develop THE TOTAL PEOPLE, a new work that will use upwards of 150 singers to investigate the art form of singing both as a humanely revealing and transformative act. THE TOTAL PEOPLE will have its World Premiere at Crossing the Line Festival in October 2018.

The Art Matters Jerome@Camargo Program awarded 2016-17 fellowships to the following:

  • DJ Lynnée Denise, an artist and scholar, whose is working on a new media project Witnessing Evidence. It merges original electronic music with archival footage to engage James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, The Welcome Table.
  • Mary Ann Peters, an artist and activist, who is researching the parallels between Middle Eastern migrations today and those from Greater Syria at the turn of the 20th century that used Marseille as a crossroads. This will inform her installation series impossible monuments.
  • Raúl O. Paz Pastrana, filmmaker, to research and work on the treatment for the second film in his Border South trilogy. This film focuses on undocumented migration from Sub-Sahara Africa into Europe and the USA.
  • Dread Scott and Jenny Polak, artists, will work on Passes, a collaborative artwork that will focus on the intersections of contemporary immigration from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, with the legacy of forced migrations of the slave trade.

The panel that recommended these projects consisted of: Venessa Fuentes, Communications Program Manager, Bush Foundation (St. Paul, MN); Viet Li, curator, teacher, visual and performance artist (Oakland, CA); and Martha Wilson, Founding Director, Franklin Furnace (New York, NY).

The Movement Research Jerome@Camargo Program awarded 2016-17 fellowships to the following:

  • Mina Nishmura, choreographer, who will write an original dance in the form of a fantastical novel entitled Bladder Inn, which can be considered independently as literature as well as a dance score.
  • Jasmine Hearn, @choreographer, who is working on the development of Blue, sable, and burning, a dance that fuses film, song and personal narrative about the journeys of a character inspired by Robin Lewis Coates’ poem The Voyage of the Sable Venus.

The panel that recommended these projects included choreographers Dean Moss, Erin Ellen Kelly and Marjani Forte.

The Jerome@Camargo Environmental Artist Fellowship Program, in partnership with Saint John's University and the Saint John's Pottery, awarded fellowships in December 2016 to the following artists:

  • Jill Hubley will develop a series of large-scale drawings and digital pieces that look at natural processes and human activity that have changed the geology of Cassis and Les Calanques over time.
  • Anna Metcalfe will investigate the natural and cultural ecosystems of the food system in Cassis and the Calanques through personal interviews. She will then create a set of dishes that will then be used in a meal that brings those individuals together.

The panel that recommended these projects consisted of: Richard Bresnahan, artist and founder of the St. John’s Pottery; Susan Schwarzenberg, curator, photographer, designer, and senior artist at the Bay Observatory at Exploratorium San Francisco; Francis Talin, Director of the National Park of les Calques; and Stuart Klipper, American photographer.


Since 2014, Jerome Foundation has funded grantee artists or companies to be in residence at Camargo to develop new work, connect with French presenters, and have time for reflection and exploration. The program previously supported choreographer Maria Hassabi, Zenon Dance Company, The Debate Society, and Jonah Bokaer/Chez Bushwick. In 2016-17, composer Amir ElSaffar and theater artists 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone) will have residencies.

Amir ElSaffar Iraqi-American trumpeter, santour player, vocalist, and composer is on the forefront of a wave of musicians who are incorporating the traditional musical styles of their cultural backgrounds with modern sensibilities, blurring the lines and conventions that differentiate styles, toward a music that resonates human. A recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, ElSaffar is an expert trumpeter with a classical background, conversant not only in the language of contemporary jazz, but has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet. He has performed with esteemed artists such as Cecil Taylor, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, and Daniel Barenboim, and having won the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet competition. ElSaffar has received commissions from the Jerome Foundation, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and Chamber Music America and has released six albums and composed for theater and dance projects, most recently Ragamala Dance Company, and film soundtracks.

600 HIGHWAYMEN is the moniker for theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone. The duo has created 7 original works since 2009, with presentations at many national and international venues, including Under The Radar (The Public Theater), Crossing the Line (French Institute Alliance Française), River to River (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), Abrons Arts Center, Centre Pompidou and Parc de la Villette (France), Festival Theaterformen (Germany), Noorderzon Festival (The Netherlands), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland) and many others. The group received an Obie Award in 2014 and Zurich’s ZKB Patronage Prize in 2015. In 2016, Browde and Silverstone were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Their latest work The Fever is touring internationally and their adaptation of Kasimir and Karoline will premiere at the 2017 Salzburg Festival.



In this second year of the Art Matters Jerome@Camargo Program, 71 artists applied for consideration: of these, 44 were prior grantees of Jerome, 26 of Art Matters, and 1 common to both foundations.

DJ Lynnée Denise is an artist and scholar who incorporates self-directed project based research into interactive workshops, music events and public lectures that provide the opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with under-explored topics related to the cultural history of marginalized communities. She creates multi- dimensional and multi-sensory experiences that require audiences to apply critical thinking to how the arts can hold viable solutions to social inequality. Her work is inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. With support from the Jerome Foundation, The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Idea Capital, The BiljmAIR artist residency (Netherlands) and The Rauschenberg Artists as Activists Grant, she has been able to resource her performative research on a local, national and global level. She’s the product of the Historically Black Fisk University with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies Department. DJ Lynnée Denise is a Visiting Artist at California State University’s Pan African Studies Department and its Chicano Studies Department.

Mary Ann Peters combines studio work, installations, public art projects and arts activism and has made noted contributions to the Northwest and nationally for over 30 years. Most recently her work has focused on the overlap of contemporary events with splintered histories in the Middle East. Her awards include the 2015 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Art, a 2013 Art Matters Foundation research grant, the MacDowell Colony Pollock Krasner Fellowship (2011), the Civita Institute Fellowship (2004) and the Behnke Foundation Neddy Award in Painting (2000). She lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Raúl O. Paz Pastrana is a filmmaker from Mexico, making East Harlem NYC his home. Raúl’s cinematic style melds Visual Anthropology, Ethnography and Cinema Verité. He is a 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner, and a 2013 IDA Award Nominee. His films have screened all over the world including at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the U.K., DOCSDF in Mexico City, and at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris France. Currently Raúl is working on his first feature film Border South, which paints a disarming portrait of the harsh physical environment and brutal journey that Central American immigrants face when crossing through Mexico without proper documentation. He is currently in the middle of production for his first feature film Border South about undocumented Central American Immigration and a series of documentary shorts featuring his neighborhood of East Harlem in NYC.

Dread Scott and Jenny Polak received a fellowship to work on Passes, collaborative artwork that will focus on the intersections of contemporary immigration from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, with the legacy of forced migrations of the slave trade. Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. In 1989, the entire US Senate denounced and outlawed his artwork and President Bush declared it “disgraceful” because of its use of the American flag. His work has been exhibited/performed at the Whitney Museum, MoMA/PS1, BAM Fisher and galleries and street corners across the country. Jenny Polak makes site/community responsive art that reframes immigrant-citizen relations, amplifying demands for social justice. She examines detention centers, racial profiling, and strategies for surviving hostile authorities. Her work has been supported by NYFA, the Graham Foundation and Franklin Furnace. The couple’s collaborations on state violence and transgression complement their solo work.



The Movement Research Jerome@Camargo program was open by invitation to choreographers who have been supported within the last 5 years by the Jerome Foundation and either Movement Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Bronx Academy of the Arts and Dance (BAAD!), or Harlem Stage.

Mina Nishmura was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to NYC where she received a scholarship at Merce Cunningham Studio in 2005. As a performer, she’s been fortunate to work and collaborate with many inspirational artists in theater, dance and film, in most recent years, with Neil Greenburg, SIA, Dean Moss, Kota Yamazaki and Vicky Shick. She’s been on the AIR program at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research, and was the 2009 danceWeb scholar at Impulse Tanz. Her works have been presented by NYC venues such as The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Mount Tremper Arts, Dance Theater Workshop (current NYLA) and whenever wherever festival (Tokyo). Throughout those years, she’s been teaching at universities and for various communities. 

Jasmine Hearn is a freelance choreographer and performing artist/dancer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. A 2016 Movement Research Van Lier Fellow, Jasmine travels around the country to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator and performer with Marjani Forté, David Dorfman Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Tara Aisha Willis. Hearn is a facilitator of improvisational gatherings and confidence building movement workshops aimed towards young female-identified folks.



Saint John's University and the Saint John's Pottery partnered with Jerome Foundation and Camargo Foundation for the Jerome@Camargo Environmental Artist Fellowship Program, to allow two emerging environmental artists from New York City and Minnesota to receive six-week studio residencies incorporating concepts of environmentalism, materiality, and/or creative placemaking into their artistic practice. Artists were invited to apply in the fall of 2016 and the program received 44 applications.

Jill Hubley is an artist and developer working on research-driven explorations of the environment and space. She uses and mixes a number of media: data visualization, mapping, physical computing, drawing, printmaking, generative code and collage. She studies the relationship between green spaces and urban infrastructure, biodiversity in cities, and disrupted geographies. Her work has been covered by Wired, The Guardian, CityLab and others, and has been featured in numerous books on data visualization and cartography. In 2015, Hubley was a Creative Code Fellow at the Gray Area Foundation of Art, and in 2016 was awarded the U.S. Forest Service’s Voices of the Wilderness artist residency.

Anna Metcalfe’s work bridges the aesthetics of objects and relationships; she is driven to discover how interaction and collaboration can be facilitated through ceramics. Her work addresses critical issues in the environment and what is happening in her local community. Clay, a medium that finds its way into every home as a sink, a dish or a tile, is a ubiquitous and tactile material. She uses it as a springboard for engagement and collaboration. She also uses narrative as a mechanism to help create empathy between people. Many of her projects are platforms for other members of her community to share their stories. Anna lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two cats, a dog and 6 cooperatively-owned chickens. 



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. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City. 

Camargo Foundation, founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential center offering programming in the humanities and the arts. Located in Cassis, France, it offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. The Foundation encourages the visionary work of scholars, artists, and leading thinkers in the arts and humanities.

Art Matters awards grants to U.S. artists for work that is socially engaged with a focus on local, national, and/or global concerns. It supports artists working in all visual media including experimental performance and film. Art Matters is particularly interested in subversive or provocative content, and artistic practice that expands definitions of a traditional medium. 

Movement Research is one of the world's leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.

The Saint John's Pottery, located on the campus of Saint John's University, embodies by demonstration and practical experience, the integration of aesthetic, scientific, humanistic, and moral approaches to creative sustainable living in relation to the environment. The pottery program occupies not only a physical space on the University grounds, but also an intellectual and spiritual space; the studio embodies the University's commitment to the integration of art and life, the preservation of the environment, the linkage of work and community, and the celebration of diverse cultures. Ancient Pacific Rim methods of pottery are combined with available local resources and attention to process, anchoring a vision of sustainability. The Saint John's Pottery enriches the environment and materials that make creation possible. It seeks ways to maintain and develop these things so that the creative process may speak to and span across generations.

Published March 30, 2017

by Andrea Brown

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