Fellows Friday News: Pew Fellows Make Headlines, From Pink Elephants to Social Practice

1/9: Chris Forsyth, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/9: Charles Burwell, 2008 Pew Fellow. Still from Burwell’s Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.
3/9: Mary Lattimore, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
4/9: Ryan Trecartin, 2009 Pew Fellow. Still from Trecartin’s Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.
5/9: Illustration by Sarah McEneaney from Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field, published by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2013.
6/9: Robert Matthews, 2009 Pew Fellow. Still from Matthews’ Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.
7/9: Anthony Campuzano, 2009 Pew Fellow. Still from Campuzano’s Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.
8/9: King Britt. Photo courtesy of the artist.
9/9: Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys, 2013 Pew Fellows. Photo by Colin Lenton.

This month’s digest includes a BOMB Magazine interview with Chris Forsyth in connection with his latest release with the Solar Motel Band, Intensity Ghost. Ryan Trecartin has received international attention for a collaborative video installation at London’s Zabludowicz Collection. If you’re looking for “must-see painting shows,” New American Paintings provides a list, with four Pew Fellows in the mix: Sarah McEneaney, Charles Burwell, Rob Matthews, and Anthony Campuzano. Read on to learn more about our Pew Fellows’ work and recognition around the world.


“Necessary” and “Audacious” New Releases

Chris Forsyth (2011) talks about his introduction to music, finding inspiration in the music of Neil Young and Grateful Dead, and his latest recording with the Solar Motel Band, Intensity Ghost, for BOMB Magazine. A song from the new record is also available for listening on WXPN’s The Key.

Sun Ra Arkestra, led by Marshall Allen (2012), recently released a new album titled In the Orbit of Ra. mxdwn.com calls it “a necessary listen for any fan of experimental music in general.”

The Guardian calls Greg Osby (2012) “audaciously inventive” in this review of his recently-released Sonic Halo.


From Pink Elephants to Social Practice, Pew Fellows Make the News

Ryan Trecartin (2009) and Lizzie Fitch’s exhibition on at Zabludowicz Collection in London is reviewed in the London Evening Standard: “as maddening and abhorrent as it is compelling.” The exhibition has also received attention from The New York Times’ T Magazine and The Art Newspaper.

Tristin Lowe’s (1995) 10-foot-tall pink elephant was covered in both Vanity Fair and The New York Times in connection with an awareness-raising event organized by the Clinton Foundation during New York Fashion Week.

CAConrad’s (2011) latest work, Ecodeviance, is called both an “ambassador to the past” and an “agent of the now” by The Boston Globe.

Experimental harpist Mary Lattimore (2014) is featured on WNYC’s Spinning on Air.

Dito Van Reigersberg (2002) is featured in The Huffington Post for the range of his roles, from drag vocalist Martha Graham Cracker to Prince Conti in Arden Theatre Company’s production of La Bête.

Thomas Gibbons’ (1997) Uncanny Valley is featured in The New York Times, which calls it “a jaunt into the future.” The play wrapped at 59E59 Theater in Manhattan on October 26.

Philly.com features SPACES, a project of the Village of Arts and Humanities, mentioning artist-in-residence King Britt (2007).

Rennie Harris’ (1996) Puremovement is highlighted in The New York Times for its performances as part of the Fall for Dance Festival at City Center.


Painters Mount “Must-See” Shows & Other Upcoming Events

New American Paintings lists upcoming exhibitions from Pew Fellows Sarah McEneaney, Charles Burwell, Rob Matthews, and Anthony Campuzano as “must see painting shows.”

Geoff Sobelle’s (2006) Center-funded The Object Lesson has its New York premiere as a part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, November 5-8.

Architect Karen M’Closkey (2013) will speak at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12 at Penn State’s University Park campus, with a reception to follow.

Chris Forsyth (2011) and The Solar Motel Band are on tour through November with their new album, Intensity Ghost, including a show at Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle November 5.

Sarah McEneaney (1993) presents Studio Living, now through November 22, at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City.


Grants and Fellowships from Leeway and Dartmouth

Emmet Gowin (1994) is awarded a Montgomery Fellowship at Dartmouth College.

Trapeta Mayson (2002) is awarded a Leeway Foundation Grant for her series of youth workshops presented through the Kergiema Liberian Youth Cultural Arts Exchange.


Swenbeck is a 2013 Pew Fellow and visual artist, and his fascination with the macabre has filtered into his idiosyncratic sculptures, paintings, photographs, and installations.

Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.

Grants & Grantees

You have to almost exhaust yourself sometimes to let yourself say what it is, or do what it is, in the most honest way.

Grants & Grantees

In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Percussionist and Pew Fellow Pablo Batista presents El Viaje (The Journey), a new performance work.

Originally created with Center support for the 2012 FringeArts Festival, Georgia Tech Arts now presents Thaddeus Phillips’ Red-Eye to Havre de Grace at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

Albright’s work in film spans documentary, installation, poetic animation, and short- and long-form narrative. One of his works-in-progress is Ceramic Flowers, a modern mash-up of The Odyssey and Ulysses, set in Las Vegas.

Grants & Grantees

In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Boomershine has presented his work at Movement Research and Danspace Project, and he arranges and develops workshops and creative/educational residencies for and with Lucinda Childs.

Artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes will curate a multisensory exhibition based on the Library Company’s extraordinary collection of pre-Braille texts for the visually impaired.

Susan Lankin-Watts talks about her family’s rich musical legacy, the importance of her audience’s support, and more.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Hank Willis Thomas is a visual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history, race, and popular culture.