Fellows Friday News: CAConrad’s Believer Poetry Award, Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain East Coast Premiere, and Geoff Sobelle’s Australian Debut

1/7: Frank Sherlock, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/7: Jenny Sabin, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
3/7: Thaddeus Phillips in 17 Border Crossings. Photo by Mark Simpson.
4/7: New Paradise Laboratories’ (NPL) Chance Workshops, exploring contingency with Bhob Rainey, Whit MacLaughlin, NPL ensemble, Tassos Stevens, guest artist Elie Ayache, and John Collins. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.
5/7: Sonia Sanchez. Photo by Erika Vonie.
6/7: Alex Da Corte, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
7/7: CAConrad, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, CAConrad receives the Believer Magazine Poetry Award, Geoff Sobelle’s play The Object Lesson embarks on an international tour to Australia, and Opera Philadelphia presents Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, Cold Mountain.

In the News

Poet Major Jackson’s (1995) recent book Roll Deep was reviewed in The New York Times. “As is characteristic of Jackson, his heavy-hitting puns remind us that history and contemporary society have a dark continuity,” writes The Times. Additionally, Jackson’s poem “Aubade” was featured in The New Yorker’s year-end list, “2015: Our Year in Poems.”

American Theatre Magazine profiled theater artist Thaddeus Phillips (2002) in its latest issue, stating that “his presence on the stage [is] protean, often funny, and somehow the audience’s ally.” Phillips’ play 17 Border Crossings recently completed a tour that included performances in New York, Denver, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more>>

Artblog interviewed visual artist Kukuli Velarde (2003) regarding her upcoming exhibition Corpus, featuring 15 large, Peruvian terracotta sculptures, for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Read more>>

Musician Bhob Rainey’s (2013) Axon Ladder, an experimental composition that transmits squid neurons into sounds, was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2015 music roundup, “The Best, The Worst, and The Squid Brains”. “Music doesn’t get brainier than Bhob Rainey’s electronic piece,” wrote the Inquirer. Read more>>

Visual artist Alex Da Corte’s (2012) immersive solo exhibition at Luxemborg & Dylan, Die Hexe, was listed in artnet News’ “20 Most Memorable New York Gallery Shows of the Year,” where it was described as “a technical tour de force.” Read more>>

Awards and Honors

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a documentary about poet and activist Sonia Sanchez (1993) co-directed by Janet Goldwater (2005) and Barbara Attie (2005), received the African Diaspora International Film Festival (AIFF) award for “Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color.” Read more>>

Poet CAConrad (2013) received the Believer Magazine Poetry Award for his book ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness. In its announcement, Believer declared that “CAConrad has become, through his writing and his presence, a hero to many in the poetry world.” Read more>>

Architect Jenny Sabin (2010) won the IVY Innovator Award for Design for her computational design, data visualization, and digital fabrication work with the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Read more>>

Poet Frank Sherlock (2013) completed his tenure as Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate this month. While holding the prestigious position, Sherlock implemented the “Write Your Block” project that encourages Philadelphians to use poetry as a tool for self-expression. Read more>>

In Performance

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s (1999) first opera, Cold Mountain, inspired by Charles Frazier’s Civil War-era book, makes its East Coast premiere with performances presented by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, February 5-14. Read more>>

Geoff Sobelle’s (2006) The Object Lesson, the critically-acclaimed one-man play about people’s obsession with “things,” embarked on an international tour to Australia, with performances at the Sydney Festival and Perth International Arts Festival. Read more>>

Saxophonist Bobby Zankel (1996) and pianist Dave Burrell (1996) participated in a special performance at the Philadelphia Art Alliance on December 19 in celebration of Burrell’s 75th birthday, presented by Ars Nova Workshop. Read more>>


Grants & Grantees

Thaddeus Phillips (Pew Fellow, 2002) creates theater works that use transformational scenography, documentary footage, and improvisation to peer into not-often seen worlds.

Free jazz artists William Parker and Muhammad Ali will perform over four nights at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, with guest Philadelphia musicians Dave Burrell, Marshall Allen, Bobby Zankel, and Odean Pope.

The Penn Institute for Urban Research develops knowledge in three critical areas: innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable and inclusive 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places.

Kimmel Center, Inc. collaborated with Philadelphia-based cabaret group the Bearded Ladies on a show about the Civil War that reexamined issues of race.

Grants & Grantees

Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Pew Fellow, 2011) is considered a living legend among jazz circles. He is credited with redefining the potential of the electric bass.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Johannes Goebel joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002 as the founding director of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

Grants & Grantees

Mark Goodwin is a visual artist and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

In 1992 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 visual arts, dance, and music artists in the greater Philadelphia region, including Odean Pope and Judith Schaechter.

On the occasion of OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival, jointly organized by the William Way LBGT Community Center and Ars Nova Workshop with funding from the Center, we invited Professor Ashon Crawley (UC Riverside) to unpack the concept of “queer sound.”

The Center has awarded $425,000 to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, in support of the organization’s efforts to research and develop new business models that respond to shifting trends in audience behaviors.

Grants & Grantees

For decades this suburban university gallery has presented exhibitions of a quality and field-wide significance well beyond what one might expect, given its size and location.

Grants & Grantees

Located in Chinatown North in Center City Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative fosters social change through art.