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MCTC Alumna Receives Bush Artist Fellowship for Textile and Mixed Media Arts

Posted on: June 23rd, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

We just found out that another MCTC graduate, Delina L. White, was among the Bush Artist Fellowship recipients on June 14. White’s Fellowship is in the Traditional and Functional Craft Arts category. She will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funds and professional development support from the Bush Foundation.

In the traditional village of Inger, MN, located on the Leech Lake Reservation, textile and mixed-media artist White combines beads and fabric in the traditional woodland style of design. Each culturally inspired work of art is hand-sewn bead by bead, in the traditional fashion her grandmother Maggie King first taught her at age six. Her focus sets in motion an era when apparel changed dramatically for the Anishinaabeg with the introduction of brightly colored cotton, and satin ribbon was added with beads and sequins for adornment. Most recently she has expanded traditional concepts into contemporary sculptural pieces for public display. White is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation whose great people are distinguished by their culture, language and beadwork designs that are representative of their beautiful surroundings—the wetlands, lakes and woodlands of the Great Lakes region. White received her A.A. in Liberal Arts in 1999 from MCTC and transferred to Metropolitan State University in 2000.

See our previous story on MCTC alumni, Bianca Pettis and Jacob Aaron Roske (the conceptual electronic music duo Beatrix*JAR), who received a Bush Foundation Fellowship in the Media Arts category.

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MCTC Alumni Receive Bush Fellowship for “Circuit Bending” Music

Posted on: June 17th, 2010 by insidemctc 7 Comments

Two MCTC alumni, Bianca Pettis and Jacob Aaron Roske (the conceptual electronic music duo Beatrix*JAR), received a Bush Artist Fellowship on June 14.

Chosen from a competitive field of more than 500 applicants, the St. Paul duo will receive a total of $50,000 in unrestricted funds and professional development support.

Roske (an MCTC Sound Arts program graduate) and Pettis (an alumna of the Video and Digital Arts program) formed Beatrix*JAR in 2004 over a shared attraction to non-traditional musical expression and unique musical instruments. They have traveled extensively spreading the word of D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) electronics and experimentation with conceptual sound art performances and hands-on Circuit Bending workshops. Their innovative and multidisciplinary work has essentially created a successful career-path where there was none before as “circuit-benders.”

Beatrix*JAR has been featured at Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore), High Art Museum (Atlanta) and Hammer Art Museum (Los Angeles). The duo has appeared on public television in Make TV and Think TV.

The Bush Artist Fellowships provide strong and promising artists with resources to deepen and advance their work, to foster their careers as artists and to explore work that stimulates community dialogue. One of the largest artist grants in the Upper Midwest, it is one of only two open-application artist fellowships of this size in the United States. This year’s fellowships focused on visual arts, media arts, and traditional and functional craft arts.

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