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2005–2006 Jerome Residents (from left to right): Keiko Ishii Eckhardt, Xavier Tavera, and Matthew Bindert

Jerome Residency 2005–2006

Matthew Bindert, Keiko Ishii Eckhardt, & Xavier Tavera

  • Friday, May 26, 2006 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • On View: May 26, 2006 – June 23, 2006

Join Highpoint Center for Printmaking and artists Matthew Bindert, Keiko Ishii Eckhardt, and Xavier Tavera as we celebrate the conclusion of the 2005–2006 Jerome Emerging Printmakers’ Residency. Now in its third year of funding by the Jerome Foundation, this program provided Bindert, Ishii Eckhardt, and Tavera with nine months of artistic access to Highpoint’s printmaking facilities. Their new prints, created during the Residency, are featured in this exhibition.

Reform or Ruin (Panel 2 of 4) by Matthew Bindert 2006La Sirena by Xavier Tavera 2006One’s Travel, the Other’s Sorrow by Keiko Ishii Eckhardt 2006

The Jerome Emerging Printmakers’ Exhibition will open with a free public reception on Friday, May 26, 2006. Visitors that evening will have the chance to meet the Jerome Printmakers, learn more about the Residency program, view the art on display, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. The show will be on view through June 23 during regular gallery hours.

“Our Jerome Artists have made great use of the Residency Program’s resources,” commented Joanne Price, Jerome Residency Coordinator. “It’s been an amazing opportunity for them—with studio access and a supportive environment, they’ve been able to explore not just printmaking, but new creative paths and ideas as well. I think the prints in this exhibit definitely reflect the artists’ vision, commitment, and hard work.”

The Jerome Emerging Printmakers’ Residency program exists to provide a venue for Minnesota artists to further their exploration of the printmaking arts. An “emerging” artist is generally defined as an artist who shows significant potential, but has not yet received a commensurate amount of professional accomplishment and recognition. Selected by an outside panel, the Residents featured in this exhibition were chosen for the strength of their work and for their demonstrated dedication to printmaking.

The 2005–2006 Jerome Emerging Printmakers’ Residency was made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation, in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable contributions of artists to society.

Special thanks goes to the excellent panel of jurors that made the selections: Diane Mullin, Associate Curator, Weisman Art Museum; John Rasmussen, Founder and Director, Midway Contemporary Art; and David Rathman, acclaimed printmaker/painter and Highpoint-published artist.

Matthew Bindert creates his work based on “experiences and observations…made throughout [his] life” and channels the resulting emotion into “aggressive and intense carving of [his] woodblocks.” Bindert’s large-scale pieces approach the realm of abstraction and explore consumerism and other world issues. A 2003 BFA-printmaking graduate of the University of Minnesota, he has recently exhibited at spotArt Gallery, Rogue Buddha Gallery, Rosalux Gallery, and International Print Center New York.

Keiko Ishii Eckhardt has created a body of work that centers around identity. “I believe identity is shaped by the hundreds of small moments and decisions made by ourselves, the people around us, and the ones no longer with us. I reflect this continuity of being through an intuitive process of research, writing and drawing, distilling the important pieces into appropriate visual representation.” She holds MFA (2004) and MA (2003) degrees in printmaking from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and has participated in shows at Soo Visual Arts Center, Columbia College Gallery, and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

Xavier Tavera has spent his time at Highpoint honing his screenprinting skills while creating a collection of prints that reflect Mexican pop culture, posters, street art and Mexican imagery. Born in Mexico City, Tavera was a recipient of a 2003 McKnight Fellowship, and his work has been included in exhibits at the Soap Factory, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Exit Art (NYC).