2017 Travel and Study Program Grantees Announced

The Board of Directors of the Jerome Foundation is delighted to announce the following awards made March 19, 2017 through the Foundation’s Travel and Study program, totaling $125,387 across Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. The funding includes generous additional support from the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation for the Minnesota portion of the program.


Jackie Beckey, Minnesota. The artist will travel to Saskatoon, Canada to attend the John Arcand Fiddle Festival to research and learn Metis fiddle music. She will also travel to Gatineau, Canada to visit the Canadian Museum of History for its archive of Metis historical resources.

Fadumo Ibrahim, Minnesota. Ibrahim will travel to London, England to attend the Somali Week Festival, meeting with leaders in the Somali community and prominent Somali artists and learning about work happening in Somali diaspora communities in other parts of the world.

Nathalie Joachim, New York City. The artist will travel to Haiti to research the women of Haitian song, exploring their individual stories as they related to Afro-Caribbean culture, society, history and music. 

Kavita Shah, New York City. The artist will travel to São Vicente, Cape Verde to conduct in-depth studies into Cape Verdean traditional musical forms and to conduct ethnographic research about the late singer Cesária Évora and the cultural implications of her music.


Katie Bender, Minnesota. The artist will travel to Austin and San Antonio, Texas and Mexico City to research the lives of survivors of the battle of the Alamo for a play with music about diverse people who survived inside the shifting borders of fledgling democracies.

Noah Sommers Haas, Minnesota. The artist will travel to New York City to attend the Funny School of Good Acting for a four-week intensive advanced clown workshop as a continuation of work undertaken in 2015 with instructor Christopher Bayes.

Jessica Huang, Minnesota. The artist will travel to Xiamen, Beijing, and Shanghai, China to meet relatives and study Chinese culture in order to expand knowledge of Chinese culture and tell more authentic, resonant mixed-race stories.

Taous Khazem and Aaron Gabriel, Minnesota. The artists will travel to Paris, France and Algiers, Tizi Ouzou, and Oran, Algeria to research Kayle (Berber) folk songs originally sung by women.

Jonathan David Martin, Zoey Martinson, and Lianne Arnold, New York City. The artists will travel to Berlin, Germany as part of the Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative to conduct research and develop relationships with potential collaborators for a new multimedia work of performance. 

Laura Marie Thompson and Wazina Zondon, New York City. The artists will travel to Khartoum, Sudan to study womyn's spiritual and physical resilience in a Muslim context. 


Manal Abu-Shaheen, New York City. The artist will travel to Lebanon to research the use of Western advertising and its relationship to the post conflict urban landscape in Beirut, Sidon, and Tyre, informing her current photographic work.

Golnar Adili, New York City. The artist will travel to the Josef Labadie Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she will draw inspiration from its conceptual and formal organization in order to further her own practice inspired by her late father's radical archive.

Noel W Anderson, New York City. The artist will travel to Paris, France and Berlin, Germany to study historical and contemporary trends in tapestry weaving, and installation art in order to further develop his body of woven tapestries based on contemporary political struggles of black men in America. 

Yolanda del Amo, New York City. The artist will travel to Germany to do research for her project "Refuge," a series of photographs of the new domestic situations in which refugees and Germans find themselves in and around Berlin.

Josette Ghiseline, Minnesota. The artist will travel to the Venice Art Biennale, Documenta 14, Sculpture Project Munster, EKSIG Alive. Active. Adaptive Conference, and Dutch Design Week. Collectively, these experiences will help her gather information about contemporary art, design, and materials in order to inform her works going forward. 

Emily Hass, New York City. The artist will travel to Berlin for intensive interview-based research in preparation for a series of works about the displacement of Syrian refugees, and Berlin's changed role as a destination for refugees rather than a place to flee. 

Tricia Heuring, Minnesota. The curator will strengthen and deepen her practice through an immersive study of the Syzygy collection of works on paper, traveling to New York City, and Boulder and Denver, Colorado, to study it in various contexts—in archive and in exhibition.

Nung-Hsin Hu, New York City. The artist would take part in the Arctic Circle Residency to engage in climate-related issues and build on the collaborations between other professionals in order to create tools that could enrich the public's experience of visiting the NYC Watershed model at the Queens Museum (where she current works).

Essma Imady, Minnesota. The artist will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to attend a workshop with the Institute of Islamic Pattern in addition to studying traditional Islamic art and patternmaking through visits to historic sites, museums, and artist studios. She will also engage with the Syrian community, examining communication in a diaspora and seeing how traditions and religious experiences change and morph during times of great disaster.

Oskar Ly, Minnesota. The artist will study in Thailand and Vietnam to learn the delicate and extinct Hmong textile handiwork from a select few remaining Hmong Master Artisans in Southeast Asia in order to expand her creative practice in exploring Hmong cultural identity through textile art.

Kelley Meister, Minnesota. The artist will travel to former nuclear testing former nuclear testing and development sites in Nevada and New Mexico to foster a deeper understanding of what it is to live in the nuclear age. This will serve as research for the artist's hand-drawn animation, “Now I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.”

Maia Cruz Palileo, New York City. The artist will live and study in Chicago, IL to study the Dean C. Worcester Collection of Philippine Photographs, Damián Domingo’s Costume Album, and the book “El folk-lore Filipino” by Isabelo de los Reyes y Florentino in the Newberry Library’s extensive Philippine Collection—images from the early years of imperial American conquest of Filipinos.

Rashanna Rashied-Walker, New York City. The artist will travel to Iceland to conduct an experiential investigation into its varied examples of weather. She will have an artist residency in western Iceland and travel to the eastern fjords to experience its climate diversity. 

Anne Rynearson, Minnesota. The artist will study printmaking techniques at the Bentlage Printmaking Association at the Kloster Bentlage in Rheine, Germany to strengthen her printmaking skills and inform new ways to approach her studio process. She will also visit and conduct related research in Hengelo, Netherlands, and at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

Elizabeth Tubergen, New York City. The artist will travel by car to visit 24 socialist-era monuments in the former Yugoslavia, throughout Bosnia and Hercegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Serbia. 

Chamindika Wanduragala, Minnesota. The artist will travel to Chicago, IL to train in the performative aspect of contemporary puppet theater (puppet manipulation) from Asian American master puppeteer Tom Lee. 

Hong-Ling Wee, New York City. The artist will travel to the porcelain capital—Jingdezhen, China—to learn about blue-and-white painting and famille rose decoration from traditional craftsmen and contemporary Chinese ceramic artists.

Kim Westfall, New York City. The artist will return to her birth city of Seoul, Korea in order to continue her research into her relationship to Korean culture—a pursuit which has had transformative effects on her studio practice as a textile artist and continues to show strong generative potential for future projects.


The Board of Directors authorized the above grants based on the recommendations of the panel for each discipline. The panels were composed of:


  • Lea Bertucci, interdisciplinary artist, composer and improviser (New York, NY)
  • Dameun Strange, composer, musician, Executive Director of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (Saint Paul, MN)
  • Nirmala Rajasekar, Carnatic veena master, composer, vocalist, and educator (Plymouth, MN)


  • Ralph Pena, founding member and current artistic director of Ma-Yi Theater Company (New York, NY)
  • Morgan Jenness, dramaturg, manager, director, and associate producer (New York, NY)
  • Sha Cage, playwright, actor, and spoken word poet (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Tom Isbell, actor, playwright, and Professor of Theatre at University of Minnesota Duluth (Duluth, MN)

Visual Arts

  • Wing Young Huie, photographer and founder of Third Place Gallery (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk, visual artist-painter (Shakopee, MN)
  • Olukemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, curator (New York, NY)
  • Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, visual artist-mixed medium, curator, founder of Electric Machete Studios (Saint Paul, MN) 

For further information about these grants, please contact Jerome Foundation President, Ben Cameron at 651.925.5617. Visit the Jerome Foundation on the Web at www.jeromefdn.org.

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.


Published April 27, 2017

by Andrea Brown

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