Sybil Shearer Fellowship at Ragdale: 2016
The 2016 fellowship was awarded to dance artist Jessica Cornish. At the conclusion of her residency in September she wrote to MSF in part: “My time at Ragdale is unlike anything I have experienced before and was challenging in all the best ways. It is opportunities like this that make such a wild career sustainable. I was able to work with an incredible musician, and new collaborations with some of the writers and artists here at Ragdale have sprung up…Thank you again and again for everything you do.”
Jessica Cornish is a dance artist based in Chicago Illinois and has shown work in China, Hong Kong, India, Berlin, Italy, Amsterdam, Chile, Louisiana, New York City and Chicago. Along with her solo practice, Cornish works with a wide range of collaborators in different disciplines and uses her ever-changing environments as sustenance to create.
Since graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in 2012, Cornish has been the recipient of awards and residency opportunities such as; Freeman Foundation Theatre Award, Beverly Blossom Talented Student Award, Beverly Blossom Alumni Award, LinkUp Residency, Guest Artist in residence at UIUC, Place Residency in LA, Krannert Center for Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Residency, A Morrison Shearer Fellowship for a residency at Ragdale and was one of 12 dance artists in the Chicago area to participate in New England Foundation of the Art’s Regional Dance Development Initiative.