The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to announce that five Pew Fellows have been awarded artist residencies in 2014, part of the ongoing partnership between the Center, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and four North American artist residency programs: The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; Wyoming’s Ucross Foundation; the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California; and Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. Two Pew Fellows will be artists-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
The partnership with the consortium, in addition to providing time and space for artistic development, will further the Fellows’ relationship with the Center and create networking opportunities outside of Philadelphia. Click here to read more about the history of the consortium. Sculptor Paul Swenbeck (Pew Fellow, 2013), who will spend time at the Banff Centre this year, looks forward to “the energy of a group work environment…charged by friendly competition, which is something I have missed since my days at school.” Along with new ideas and networks, these Pew Fellows will bring that energy back with them to Philadelphia.
The Center is pleased to announce the five Pew Fellows awarded residencies this year:
Emily Abendroth (2013, Literature) – Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell Colony
Sueyeun Juliette Lee (2013, Literature) – Ucross Foundation
J. Louise Makary (2013, Media Arts) – 18th Street Arts Center
Paul Swenbeck (2013, Visual Arts) – The Banff Centre
Raphael Xavier (2013, Dance) – MacDowell Colony
Poet Sueyeun Juliette Lee (2013) wrote a complete book during a recent residency in Norway, and expects her time at the Ucross Foundation to provide “much-needed peace of mind” to finish a work-in-progress novella about Kim Jong Il. “Life in Philadelphia has a lot of amazing features,” says Lee, “but silence isn’t always one of them.”
Dancer Raphael Xavier (2013) looks forward to “extending [his] artistry/performing art approach and skill set” while at the MacDowell Colony, exploring combinations of dance and painting. Also at MacDowell, as well as the Headlands Center, Emily Abendroth (2013) will continue work on a poetry manuscript about surveillance and security culture. In 2012, Abendroth participated in a residency at the Millay Colony. She describes that opportunity as a “critical gift, coming at a moment when I explicitly needed a window of clear time and rigorous thinking space.” Her recently published book, ] EXCLOSURES [, was completed during that residency.
Swenbeck, whose sculptural work often draws from natural forms, will tap into the Canadian landscape, finding artistic stimulation in “the bold forms of nature in the Rockies.” As a college student, Swenbeck made regular trips to Haystack in Maine, where he discovered “the mysticism found in nature,” a mood that continues to influence his work. Now in its fourth year, the Center’s residency partnership continues to create opportunities for influence and inspiration.
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