Fellows Friday News: Jamaaladeen Tacuma Named a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow, the 2013 Pew Fellow Poets Go West, and More

1/4: Jamaaladeen Tacuma, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/4: Jenny Sabin, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
3/4: Marshall Allen, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
4/4: Sueyeun Juliette Lee, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.


Filmmaker J. Louise Makary (2013) will be an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture for an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists. Read more >

Jamaaladeen Tacuma (2011) has been named as a 2014 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow in residence. This year, the residency will host 46 writers, composers, and visual artists from 20 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Read More >

Jenny Sabin (2010), principal and founder of Philadelphia-based Jenny Sabin Studio, has been awarded a 2014 Architectural League Prize. The prize, established in 1981, “recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas.” Read more >


2013 poets Emily Abendroth, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Jenn McCreary, and Frank Sherlock will all read together at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. San Francisco State University, May 8 and 9. Read more >

The Ratchet Orchestra at the International Festival Musique Actuelle Victoriaville honors Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with a new composition inspired by Sun Ra, which will be played by saxophonist Marshall Allen (2012). The International Festival Musique Actuelle Victoriaville, Québec, Canada, May 14–17. Read more and get tickets >

The Village Vanguard hosts musician Orrin Evans (2010), who will play piano alongside saxophonist Steve Wilson for the “Wilsonian’s Grain” concert series. The Village Vanguard, New York, May 20–25. Read more >

Guitarist Chris Forsyth (2011) will play with the Solar Motel Band at Philadelphia’s Boot and Saddle on May 6 as part of the Sound Select concert series. Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia, PA, May 6. Read more and get tickets >

Locks Gallery presents the work of Neysa Grassi (1995) in a solo exhibition, Endless Source. Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, on view until April 30. Read more >

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery presents Department of Neighborhood Services, a three-person show that includes the work of visual artist Dan Murphy (2012) alongside Barry McGee and Isaac Tin Wei Lin. Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, on view until June 7. Read more >

Renowned contemporary vocal ensemble The Crossing kicks off its “Month of Moderns” festival with the East Coast premiere “MoM I” by composer Ted Hearne, which will feature sections of poet Jena Osman’s (2006) new book, Corporate Relations. Presbyterian Church, Chestnut Hill, June 15. Read more and get tickets >


The Wire explores Marshall Allen’s (2012) army roots and how his travels in the military helped to shape his musical foundation. Read more >

Going Over by Beth Kephart (2005), a National Book Award finalist and Junior Library Guild selection, is now available from Chronicle Books. Set in 1983, it is based on an actual escape from East to West Berlin. Read more >

Poet Sueyeun Juliette Lee (2013) speaks about her work, her influences, and the relevance of poetry in contemporary culture in Entropy Magazine. Read more >

Movement Research features a conversation between filmmaker J. Louise Makary (2013) and visual artist, Jonathan VanDyke and his performers. They discuss VanDyke’s directorial role as a maker outside of the dance field and the psychology of mark-making. Read more >

Writer Judith Stein’s (1994) feature in Art in America explores Barbara Chase-Riboud’s exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which unites fiber and bronze sculptures as an investigation of historical memory through abstraction, in homage to Malcolm X. Read more >


Electronic Beats interviews Sun Ra Arkestra’s director Marshall Allen (2012) about his musical practice, process, and what it was like working with Sun Ra. Read more >

Subcircle founders Niki Cousineau (2007) and Jorge Cousineau’s (2011) piece, All this happened, more or less, received a feature and a rave review in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Poets Teresa Leo’s (2002) Bloom in Reverse and Ron Silliman’s (1998) Revelator were reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more >

Questions of Practice

We asked the 2013 Pew Fellow poets to share samples of their work. Watch Emily Abendroth read a selection from her poem “Always Hook a Gift Horsey Dead in the Kisser [An Invocation].”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in musical composition. She began touring with the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1992, and in 1997, she co-founded the MATA Festival.

Informed by first-person accounts of the Women, Infants, and Children (W.I.C.) nutritional assistance program, this mobile exhibition and series of public programs will explore the lived experience of welfare and expand the Philadelphia Public History Truck’s programmatic focus.

Grants & Grantees

Lauren Mabry (Pew Fellow, 2015) is a ceramist whose expressive and colorful “dimensional paintings,” as she describes them, play with form, texture, color, and scale and blur the boundaries between ceramics, abstract painting, and sculpture.

Institute of Contemporary Art director Amy Sadao talks with us about what it means to be contemporary, the impact of social and political movements on curatorial choices, and the importance of institutional collaboration.

A number of Center-funded performances and exhibitions have garnered national and regional media attention in recent months.

Grants & Grantees

Choral Arts Philadelphia presented two concerts exploring liturgical practice with a focus on mystical traditions—sacred and secular, ancient and contemporary.

Grants & Grantees

Gerald Cyrus, Jr. is a visual artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Honor Molloy is a playwright and novelist, and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Ronen Givony is the founder and artistic director of the Wordless Music Series and Orchestra, and the music director of SubCulture, both in New York City. He served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2011, and a Performance LOI panelist in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”

Cliveden holds an opening reception for Mixing Memories – Sharing History, an exhibition of kitchen objects and recipes collected from members of the community.