Fellows Friday News: Quinn Bauriedel Receives Eisenhower Fellowship, Kinan Abou-afach Debuts Composition, and Fatu Gayflor Makes the News

1/7: Fatu Gayflor, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/7: Benjamin Volta, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
3/7: Yolanda Wisher, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
4/7: Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson. Photo by Jeremy Abrahams, courtesy of The Guardian.
5/7: Kinan Abou-Afach, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
6/7: Chris Forsyth, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
7/7: Thomas Devaney, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel receives an Eisenhower Fellowship, The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Fatu Gayflor and the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, Gabriel Martinez’s new exhibition opens at The Print Center, and Kinan Abou-afach premieres a new composition for Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Awards and Accolades

Theater artist and Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel (2002) was awarded a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, given to ten outstanding leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout the US each year. Through the fellowship, Bauriedel will travel to Spain and Russia to explore professional theater training programs and enhance his work at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. Read more>

The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, supported by a Center grant to the Philadelphia Folklore Project and led by artistic director Fatu Gayflor (2014), has received much media attention surrounding its November 21 concert “For the Sake of Our Sisters.” The Philadelphia Inquirer and Delaware County Times both profiled the ensemble’s remarkable story and the power of their music to “bring people closer together.” Read more>

Theater artist Geoff Sobelle (2006) received a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation USArtists International grant to perform his one-man show The Object Lesson at the Sydney Festival in Australia. USArtists International supports performances by American artists at significant cultural festivals around the world. Read more>

Premieres and Appearances

Cellist and composer Kinan Abou-afach (2013) will premiere a work inspired by Andalusian poetry on December 5 during the culminating concert of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture’s Center-funded project Words Adorned. The composition will bring together the Al-Bustan Takht ensemble with The Crossing, a Western choir, and vocal soloist Dalal Abu Amneh. Read more>

Musician Chris Forsyth (2011) premiered Sounding Christ Church, developed in collaboration with sound artist Jesse Kudler during a residency at the historic Christ Church. In a feature for Metro, Shaun Brady stated, “the very room where [they are] performing is also one of [their] primary instruments,” as the duo used guitars, electronics, and the church’s pipe organ to highlight the space’s distinct acoustics. Read more>

Poet and educator Yolanda Wisher (2015) led the workshop First Families: Geocaching & Creative Reflection in Historic Germantown in conjunction with the Center-Funded project Elephants on the Avenue. Wisher led participants in collaborative exercises, including a hunt for historical geo-capsules and a discussion regarding class and privilege. Read more>

On View

Multi-media artist Gabriel Martinez’s (2001) new exhibition Bayside Revisited is on view at The Print Center through December 19. The immersive multi-media installation incorporates a variety of print and photographic processes to reflect on the history of Fire Island as it relates to the history of gay culture. Read more>

Visual artist Benjamin Volta’s installation “Coordinates of Play” was featured in Creative Philadelphia’s “A Guide to Philadelphia’s Public Art,” a print and online publication compiled by the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Read more>

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) will pay tribute to the late poet Essex Hemphill (1993) through a new online commission, Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex, by Philadelphia filmmaker and visual artist Tiona McClodden. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hemphill’s death from HIV/AIDS complications, the project will be on view at icaphila.org from midnight on the eve of World AIDS Day, December 1, 2015, to midnight on February 1, 2016. Read more>

Newly Published

Jacket 2 reviewed writer Thomas Devaney’s (2014) book of poetry, Calamity Jane (Furniture Press Books, 2014), writing: “the acute attention to…speech anchors all the work of this impossibly fine collection.” Read more>

Major Jackson’s (1995) newest poem “Washington Square Park” was published in the Boston Review. Read more>



PRISM Quartet’s Center-funded project Color Theory features a series of performances, lectures, and workshops that investigate the concept of “musical color,” including a concert with the ensemble So Percussion.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jessie Montgomery is a violinist, composer, and music educator, who currently serves as composer-educator for the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is a service organization that represents the interests of 400 arts, culture, and heritage organizations in the Philadelphia area.

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko talks with us about promoting participatory audience engagement and dialogue-based programs in the context of a Native American museum.

Frank Sherlock is named Philadelphia’s new poet laureate, William Daley receives a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and poets Teresa Leo, Pattie McCarthy, and Jenn McCreary release new books.

Alien She, the touring exhibition on the influential global punk feminist movement of Riot Grrrl, has received recent media attention from the Philadelphia Inquirer and other media outlets.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Leigh Ann Hahn plays a crucial role in Grand Performances’ capacity to fund and present up to 70 performances and themed festivals each summer.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Peter Saul (b. 1934 in San Francisco) is a painter best known for his lush, satirical, Pop-Surrealist cartoon style, described by The New York Times as “an artist’s artist.”

Grants & Grantees

Crossroads Music organizes public performances by accomplished musicians with roots in cultures from around the world.

In response to its expanded focus on collecting and presenting regional studio crafts, the James A. Michener Museum organized the first retrospective of the sculpted-bronze art furniture of Paul Evans, the Bucks County, Pennsylvania artist.

PRISM Quartet’s Center-funded project Color Theory features a series of performances, lectures, and workshops that investigate the concept of “musical color.”