Oskar Ly + Christina Vang

Early-career artist project grantees | $8,000

The Paj Ntaub Gate

Oskar Ly and Christina Vang will create the Paj Ntaub Gate, a tapestry-like outdoor fence installation at the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) farm in Hastings, MN. The artists will spend time on the farm, much like an artist residency, to engage with the farmers about Hmong agriculture and Paj Ntaub (story cloth) art, both fading traditions, to inspire the installation design and use textile to emulate the Hmong Paj Ntaub aesthetics.

Forecast has been offering early-career artist grants supported by Jerome Foundation since 1989. In addition to funding, Forecast is dedicated to providing professional development and learning opportunities designed to assist emerging artists as they experiment/ hone their practices, and cultivate careers in the field. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.