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

Brenda Dixon Gottschild is Professor Emerita of dance studies at Temple University and a senior consultant and writer for Dance Magazine.

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.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Nami Yamamoto’s cut-paper installations reflect the hundreds of natural and man-made objects she consistently collects, serving as visual resources and inspirations for her practice.

Collaborators & Colleagues

James Fei is an active composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics and an associate professor of electronic arts at Mills College in Oakland, where he has taught since 2006. He served as a Center music panelist in 2013, and an LOI panelist for Performance in 2015.

The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance, the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself.

Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.

What you need to know before applying for a 2017 Project grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Grants & Grantees

Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys (2013 Pew Fellows) explore the potential of new tools, fabrication technologies, and construction to expand the beauty and sustainability of the urban landscape.

Questions of Practice

Visual artist Brent Wahl works primarily in photography and time-based mediums, transforming everyday materials and detritus into mesmerizing compositions.

This month’s Fellows news digest features Geoff Sobelle’s “charming and sobering” performance piece; the trailer for The Barefoot Artist, a new film about Lily Yeh, filmed by Glenn Holsten; and Marshall Allen interviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Trevor O’Donnell has a long track record of helping theater and arts organizations build larger audiences and earn more revenue through a number of strategies.