5th Year Emerging Artist Program

Congratulations to the 2022-23 Fifth Year Emerging Artists: Kate Helin-Burnette, Aimi Dickel, Sylvie Deters, Ivy Shonka, and Theo Mattson

The objective of the Fifth-Year Emerging Artist program is to offer graduates an intensive art experience to better prepare them for graduate school or a professional career in the arts. The program is designed for gifted and self-motivated artists and curators who wish to make visual arts the core of their professional future. Fifth-Year Emerging Artists create and exhibit their own artwork. Together they will facilitate community events and act as mentors to undergraduate art students.

Senior art majors wishing to apply for the Fifth-Year Emerging Artist Program should meet with their Art-343 advisor to discuss their application. Advisors will recommend candidly whether or not the student should apply and may provide feedback on a draft of the letter of application.

The Fifth-Year Emerging Artist program is generously supported by the Leean Carpenter Endowed Fund.

Exhibition Schedule:

Work in Progress Show

November 18 – December 14, 2022
Tuesday 11/29: Reception from 4-6pm

Groot Gallery, Center for Art and Dance
Come to view work currently in progress by the Fifth Year Emerging Artists.

Carleton College EA & St. Olaf College Fifth-Year Emerging Artist Showcase

March 15 – April 8, 2023
Reception: April 4th, from 6-8pm.
Northfield Arts Guild

The Northfield Arts Guild is proud to present this dynamic, engaging collection of work brought to you collaboratively by Carleton and St. Olaf artists.

Truckstop Gallery Show

May 3 – 11, 2023

Truckstop Gallery
20 Grove Street, #72
Nicollet Island
Minneapolis, MN 55401

History of the FYEA Program

In 1982, Professor Arch Leean initiated the program as an “Alumni Artist in Residence,” lasting 3 and ½ months during the fall semester. The alum was given a studio space and small stipend with the intent of developing an extended body of work and an “open studio environment” that encouraged numerous interactions with undergraduate art students. After 4 successful years, it became clear that it was difficult for alumni to get 3+ months release from their work schedules. In 1988, the program shifted to offer studio space, a small stipend for materials, and portfolio development for two recent graduates. Steven Carpenter ’82 offered to pay the materials stipend for four fifth year students. To this date, Mr. Carpenter has personally funded this program, with increased materials fees, over the years. With the ongoing support of the Art Department, the program has supported art alumni, giving them a year of studio space, materials fees, portfolio development, and opportunities for direct interaction and mentorship of undergraduate students.

Meet the FYEA!

Sylvie Deters

My current work explores intimacy, home, and sensuality. These themes have emerged through stop-motion animation, oil paintings, and mixed-media work using human hair.

Aimi Dickel

My work primarily centers around Asian American identity and all of the beautiful, complicated, and multifaceted parts of Asian American existence. I’ve currently been really trying to mess with the connections between childhood nostalgia, alienation, consumption, and commodification. I wish there was a cleaner way of describing all of it but I’m hoping the visual elements will help without words. Anything involving color, texture, and refracting light will probably make its way into my work one way or another.  I hope that people will be able to both enjoy what I have to offer and also take something meaningful away in the process.

Kate Helin-Burnette

My forms are inspired by conversations between kinetic forces and static solids, informed by the way that water shapes land and rock over time. When I sculpt, my hands become instinctual vessels of emotion, bringing permanence to fleeting feelings by recording them in clay. I seek to create tactile landscapes of emotional experience.

Theo Mattson

Right now I’m working on a few projects that explore self and connection to Black and White communities. In these works, I hope to relate to others in similar situations and those who are looking for answers.

Ivy Shonka

Recently I’ve been working with woodblock prints and embroidery to create larger installations. My work draws on feelings of connection and disconnection with the environment and explores art as both a way of sharing my personal challenges with mental health and as a form of meditative healing through creative practice. In the coming months, I plan to continue exploring human-nature relationships through printmaking, embroidery, and sculpture, particularly plaster and bronze.