Fellows Friday News: Vera Nakonechny named a National Heritage Fellow, Alex Da Corte at White Cube, and More

1/2: Alex Da Corte, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/2: Vera Nakonechny, 2008 Pew Fellow. Still from Nakonechny’s Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.


Vera Nakonechny (2008) has been named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. The fellowship recognizes lifetime achievements for continued artistic excellence and support for their contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage. See Vera’s profile >
See all the NEA’s National Heritage Fellows >
Read the National Heritage Fellows Press Release >

Jorge Cousineau (2011) and Mary Lattimore (2014) have both been named Sanctuary Artists by Bowerbird. Cousineau will work independently while Lattimore will work in collaboration with James Plotkin to create new work in the 8,000-foot sanctuary space of The Rotunda in Philadelphia. Read more >


The Galleries at Moore, in partnership with the Penn Museum, celebrate Sun Ra’s 100th arrival on earth with “This Planet is Doomed: A Sun Ra Celebration,” an evening of poetry, futuristic sounds, archival films and an Afro-Futurist dance party. Pew Fellows CAConrad (2011), Charles Cohen (2011), and Anthony Campuzano (2009) will perform. The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA, July 10, 7–10 p.m. Read more >

Alex Da Corte’s (2012) installation project, White Rain, is on exhibit at White Cube. Da Corte’s work begins with the “fantasy is present and available in all forms of imagery” to transform everyday objects into “the weird, erotic and aspirational symbols they have the potential to be.” White Cube, London, England, on view until July 7. Read more >

Guitarist Chris Forsyth (2011) will perform with his band, Solar Motel, at Spruce Street Harbor Park, a pop-up floating park in the Delaware River. Spruce Street Harbor Park, July 24, 2014.

Composer James Primosch’s (1996) new piece, Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus, will premiere as part of The Crossing’s sixth annual Month of Moderns Festival. One of three works to be performed, Primosch’s piece juxtaposes the Latin Mass with a cycle of poems by Denise Levertov, inspired by the Mass texts. Mass for the Day of St. Thomas Didymus, performed by The Crossing. Crane Arts, Philadelphia, June 28 at 7 p.m. Read more and get tickets >

The Architectural League of New York’s exhibition, Overlay, showcases the 2014 League Prize winners, which includes the work of Jenny Sabin (2010). Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York, NY, on view through August 1, 2014. Read more >

Jamaaladeen Tacuma (2011) will perform at the 31st edition of Jazz em Agosto’s program in Lisbon, Portugal. Jazz em Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal, August 6, 2014. Read more >


Culture Crash, a blog of ArtsJournal, spotlights two performances of longtime jazz pianist and downtown experimentalist Uri Caine (2003) in the Ojai Music Festival. In one performance, Caine re-imagined the classical music of Gustav Mahler and in the other, the jazz of George Gershwin. Read the review >

Rifftides, also published by ArtsJournal, reviews and recommends Orrin Evans’ (2010) Captain Black Big Band’s new album, Mother’s Touch. Read the review >


The Guardian praises Marshall Allen’s (2012) celebratory performance in honor of Sun Ra’s 100th birthday as “breathtaking.” Read the review >

The Wire features an audio track, “Bracken Blues,” from Marshall Allen (2012) and Kash Killion’s Two Stars in the Universe album. Listen to the track >

Uri Caine (2003) receives praise from multiple news outlets for his ensemble’s reworking of the compositions of Gustav Mahler. The Wall Street Journal states that their work “enhances one’s appreciation of Mahler’s genre-busting imagination.”
Read the Wall Street Journal review >
Read the Santa Barbara Independent review >

Blues man Greg Osby (2012) contributes to National Public Radio’s feature, “Great Solos in Blue Note Records History,” reflecting on “I Didn’t Know About You” from Banned in New York. Read the article >

King Britt (2007) and Kate Watson-Wallace (2007) celebrates Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with a special event: “The Beautiful Noise: A Special Tribute to Sun Ra.”
Listen to the NPR interview with King Britt >
Read the City Paper feature >

Visual artist Alex Da Corte (2012) is in the news for two international installations currently on view: White Rain at White Cube Gallery in London, England and A Night in Hell in Carl Kostyál, Stockholm.
Read the review in The Glass Magazine >
Read the review in Art Daily >
Read the review in Mousse Magazine >

As part of the Center-funded Consumption: A Project on Pearl Street conceived by Rick Lowe, an ongoing revitalization of Pearl Street, Asian Arts Initiative presents an opening reception for the installations “Finding Comfort” and “Who’s Who.”

Grants & Grantees

Bhob Rainey is a soprano saxophonist, composer, and a 2013 Pew Fellow whose interests lie in new realms of artistic possibility.

Grants & Grantees

Roko Kawai and a team of collaborators traveled to Japan to develop the dance/sound piece Izu House.

Grants & Grantees

Within a welcoming educational environment, Al-Bustan supports the Arab-American community’s pursuit and affirmation of its cultural identity.

Grants & Grantees

Tina Morton (Pew Fellow, 2010) left a career as an X-ray technician to pursue documentary filmmaking.

Grants & Grantees

In celebration of their 140th season, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will reconstruct Felix Mendelssohn’s 1841 revision of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, in an American premiere at Girard College Chapel.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Through more than 100 published works and many recordings, Bernard Rands is well-established as a major figure in contemporary music.

Questions of Practice

In 2017, the Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, with a lively website and short film highlighting a quarter-century of steadfast belief in the value and impact of artists.

Grants & Grantees

MacArthur Fellow and visual artist Ann Hamilton, whose installations incorporate textiles and fabric, will create a major off-site installation and organize a loan exhibition of historical and contemporary fabrics.

Flamenco dancer Pastora Galván performs in this self-titled work, choreographed by her brother, Israel Galván.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to announce that the 2017 guidelines for Project grant applications are now available.

The Community Education Center produced the 25th New Edge Artists Service Program and Performance Series, connecting emerging and established artists with resources to rehearse and showcase their work.