The Jerome Project preserves, protects, and furthers the artistic legacy of the late Jerome Caja (1958 – 1995). It is about visibility and accessibility to Jerome's life story, paintings and performances.
The Jerome Project is an LLC and will be a non-profit organization in the future. The goals are to: (1) bring recognition to Jerome as an important 20th century American artist, not just a controversial, marginalized, queer artist of the 1990s "AIDS, Art, and Activism" era in San Francisco; (2) keep Jerome's rebellious and feisty creative spirit alive in a time when the world needs to revel in radical diversity; and (3) establish a permanent home for Jerome that will house and manage access to certain materials, as well as the rights to his art, for future Jerome projects.
The Jerome Project is eager to support related efforts beyond those mentioned on this site.
I first had the idea to make a short film about Jerome in 2010, inspired by his ability to never let fear get in the way of dedicating his life to art, and by the fact that he died before becoming broadly recognized in the art world. I quickly realized that the film would have to be a feature-length documentary that explored both his life and his ground-breaking body of work.
The film now explores the universal themes in Jerome's art so that the widest possible audience can appreciate and be touched by his bravery and insight. It has also become the driving force behind a much larger plan to catalog and preserve Jerome’s art for generations to come. This is the genesis of The Jerome Project.
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