Jerome Emerging Printmakers 2014-2015

Kieran Riley Abbott, Christopher Alday, Drew Peterson

The recipients of Highpoint’s Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency for 2014-2015 are: Kieran Riley Abbott, Christopher Aldayand Drew Peterson. Beginning in September, these artists receive nine months of access to Highpoint’s fully-equipped printshop as well as technical support, critiques with arts professionals, a stipend for supplies and the opportunity to work in a collaborative workshop environment that encourages experimentation and growth. The program concludes with a group exhibition in May 2015 featuring work created by the artists during their residency.

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.

During her residency, Kieran Riley Abbott explored methods of representing the grid, mapping, repetition/repeating forms, and the visual effect of perspective by creating screenprints from, on, and with cut vinyl. In addition to a series of variable-edition lithographs and screenprints, Kieran has created several wall installations using printed and cut vinyl. Kieran graduated from the University of Minnesota in June 2014 with a BFA in printmaking.

Christopher Alday’s work underscores the labor inherent in printmaking that typically goes unnoticed. The prints and objects generated by Christopher are the evidence of that labor. Additionally, by printing and arranging a set of individual yet identical imageshe is highlighting the uniformity that is made possible by repetition. Christopher Alday is a 2013 graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Print, Paper, Book program.

Using a process-based approach to image development, Drew Peterson has created two bodies of work that explore abstraction through the lens of personal history, memory, and everyday interactions. The prints featured utilize a novel combination of screenprinting and monoprinting techniques. Peterson holds a BFA in studio art from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

A special thank you to jurors Dennis Michael Jon, Associate Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and John Saurer, Associate Professor of Art, St. Olaf College. Highpoint would also like to extend our gratitude to guest critics Stephanie Hunder, Chair of the Department of Art and Concordia College Saint Paul and Kris Douglas, Chief Curator at the Rochester Art Center.