Fellows Friday News: Jennifer Higdon Wins International Opera Award, Geoff Sobelle at New York Theatre Workshop, and More

1/5: Geoff Sobelle in The Object Lesson at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz, courtesy of Center Theatre Group.
2/5: Jane Irish, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
3/5: Thaddeus Phillips’ Red-Eye to Havre de Grace. Photo by Johanna Austin.
4/5: Fatu Gayflor, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
5/5: Raphael Xavier, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, Jennifer Higdon wins a prestigious International Opera Award for Cold Mountain, Geoff Sobelle’s one-man play The Object Lesson will be presented at New York Theatre Workshop, and a mid-career retrospective book of Bo Bartlett’s paintings is published.

Honors and Awards

Theater artist Thaddeus Phillips (2002) received a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a multi-year $275,000 grant awarded to 21 artists for “their creative vitality and ongoing contributions to the fields of dance, jazz, and theater.” Read more>>

Composer Jennifer Higdon’s (1999) opera Cold Mountain, which received its East Coast premiere with co-commissioner Opera Philadelphia in February 2015, won an International Opera Award for “Best World Premiere.” Read more>>

Choreographer Raphael Xavier (2013) received a touring grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts to present his work at The Yard (Chilmark, MA), Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities (West Hartford, CT), and World Music/CRASHarts (Cambridge, MA). Read more>>

On Stage, On View, and In Print

Theater artist Geoff Sobelle’s (2006) The Object Lesson, an absurdist one-man play that explores our relationship to “things,” will be presented in New York Theatre Workshop’s 2016-17 season. Read more>>

Scala Arts Publishers, Inc. has released a mid-career retrospective book of visual artist Bo Bartlett’s (1993) work—the first full-length publication to document Bartlett’s evolution as an artist. Read more>>

Liberian vocalist Fatu Gayflor (2014) performed with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars to commemorate the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new exhibition Creative Africa. Read more>>

Visual artist Alex Da Corte (2012) created a large-scale inflatable installation in the shape of an infant that flew above the 2016 Frieze New York art fair. W Magazine wrote of the work, “it’s the type of naughtiness that makes it obvious why Da Corte has been called the heir to Pop art.” Read more>>

In Review

Visual artist Jane Irish’s (2011) exhibition, A Rapid Whirling on the Heel, currently on view at Locks Gallery, was reviewed in Hyperallergic and The Philadelphia Inquirer. In its review, Hyperallergic wrote that Irish’s work “insists that art can be simultaneously beautiful and political.” Read more>>

Writer Beth Kephart’s (2005) recently published young adult novel, This is the Story of You, was featured in the May issue of The Writer, and an excerpt of the book was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more>>

Rolling Stone reviewed musician Chris Forsyth’s (2011) latest album, stating “Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band pack ‘The Rarity of Experience’ with great spirits, then deliver on every expectation.” Read more>>



Collaborators & Colleagues

An advocate and catalyst for building community capacity and understanding culture since 2003, Janeen Bryant is the former vice president of education at Levine Museum of the New South.

Grants & Grantees

In 1998 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 52 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Ranee Ramaswamy founded Ragamala Dance in 1993, and currently serves as co-artistic director. She is a master teacher, performer, and choreographer of the South Indian classical form of bharata natyam.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s partnership with United States Artists (USA) allows Pew Fellows to participate in USA’s unique online fundraising platform to raise money and awareness about upcoming projects.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Dancer, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.

Collaborators & Colleagues

James Alan McPherson is the recipient of many national literary awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship award.

Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes hosts a discussion about her artistic and curatorial process, in conjunction with the exhibition Common Touch.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Roddy Bogawa’s work is known for its investigation of history and culture via lyrical lo-fi means and innovative narrative structures.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news, President Obama nominates Pepón Osorio to the National Council on the Arts, Columbus State University announces plans to open the Bo Bartlett Center, and Jenny Sabin creates an installation for the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

Grants & Grantees

In 1995 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 23 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Poet and Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher on creating “poetics of use,” the inspiration she draws from her ancestry, and more.