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 >

Grants & Grantees

King Britt is on a journey, exploring the patchwork of rhythmic textures from many urban dance music cultures: deep house, hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk, and afro-tech.

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Temple Contemporary commissioned 2006 Pew Fellow and MacArthur Fellow Pepón Osorio to create a new installation that responds to recent closings of Philadelphia public schools.

September 2015 Pew Fellows news highlights: The New York Times features exhibitions from Alex da Corte and Pepón Osorio in its “New Season” picks; Fellows such as Anthony Campuzano and Gabriel Martinez open new installations, and more.

In 2016, our Pew Fellows brought an abundance of new projects to fruition, as they performed and exhibited their works across the nation and around the globe.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

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The company is dedicated to making critically important performance opportunities available to the current generation of opera and theatrical performers, designers, and directors.

The Morris Arboretum is home to more than 12,000 labeled plants of approximately 2,500 types, several historic buildings, and a collection of historic and contemporary sculpture.

Grants & Grantees

Marc Brodzik (Pew Fellow, 2009) is a visual artist and documentary filmmaker interested in filming portraits of the common man.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Toshi Reagon has collaborated with top innovators across a wide spectrum of the entertainment field for nearly 30 years. Reagon served as an LOI panelist in Performance in 2015.

A tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum and Studio, organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum as part of Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism.

Grants & Grantees

This nationally touring exhibition, presented at Vox Populi in spring 2014, is the first to critically examine the lasting impact that the Riot Grrrl movement has had on artists today.

Paul Schimmel responds to the question: “Do you think exhibition-making bears any resemblance to theater directing?”