Fellows Friday News: 12 New Fellows Announced; Justin Cronin’s Novel Tops Times Best Sellers List; J.C. Todd Wins International Poetry Award

1/5: Heidi Saman. Photo by David Evan McDowell.
2/5: Benjamin Volta, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
3/5: J.C. Todd, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
4/5: Pablo Batista. Photo by Bruce Turner.
5/5: Teresa Jaynes at the opening of Common Touch at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Photo by Concetta Barbera.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, Justin Cronin’s book The City of Mirrors debuts at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list, J.C. Todd wins the Rita Dove Poetry Prize, and we introduce 12 new Pew Fellows.

Welcoming the 2016 Pew Fellows

On June 13, the Center announced the 2016 grants and grantees, including 12 new Pew Fellowships—providing $75,000 each to individual artists working in the Philadelphia region in a variety of disciplines, including performing arts, visual arts, film, and poetry. This year’s Fellows are Andrea Clearfield, Christopher Colucci, Ryan Eckes, Sharon Hayes, Lela Aisha Jones, Mark Kendall, Jennifer Kidwell, Matthew Levy, Tiona McClodden, Jymie Merritt, Heidi Saman, and Tokay Tomah.

This marks the Center’s 24th year of the Pew Fellowships program, which has awarded 323 Fellowships to artists working in the Philadelphia area since 1992. Learn more about our 2016 Pew Fellows.>>

In the News

Author Justin Cronin’s (2001) book The City of Mirrors, the conclusion of a trilogy that included The Passage and The Twelve, debuted at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list for hardcover fiction. In its review, The Times called the novel “surprisingly powerful” and “compulsively readable.” Read more>>

Poet J.C. Todd (2014) received the Rita Dove Poetry Prize in the International Literary Awards Competition. In an article announcing the award, The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: “Poetry is a form of witness and of protest, even if all it does is present us with the world … but J.C.’s poetry does much more than that.” Read more>>

Visual artist Teresa Jaynes’ (1999) ongoing exhibition Common Touch at the Library Company of Philadelphia was featured on WHYY TV’s Friday Arts and artblog, which wrote: “Speaking through the language of the fingers, [Jaynes] creates a tangible world that addresses issues of humanity and society that are anything but marginal.” Read more>>

On Stage and On View

Percussionist Pablo Batista (2000) presents the world premiere of his new performance piece El Viaje (The Journey), June 25-26 at the Temple Performing Arts Center. The Center-funded production blends traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms, contemporary Western instrumentation, and Afro-Caribbean choreography to tell a story of the spiritual and cultural resilience of those forced to emigrate from Africa to the Americas. Read more>>

Width of a Witch, an exhibition by artist Jason Dodge with written materials by poet CAConrad (2011), will open at Mercer Union on June 25 with a reading of Conrad’s new piece MARFA POETRY MACHINE in 36 Things: Width of a Witch. Read more>>

A survey exhibition of visual artist Bo Bartlett’s (1993) paintings will be on view at the Ameringer McEnery Yohe gallery in New York, July 7-August 12. Read more>>

Visual artist Benjamin Volta (2014) will lead an artmaking workshop on July 9, as part of Historic Germantown’s Elephants on the Avenue. Workshop participants will engage in group discussions about personal boundaries and create a Reflection Branch keepsake, inspired by the Awbury Arboretum. Read more>>



Grants & Grantees

In 2006 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

In 2001 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

John King is a composer, guitarist, and violist and the recipient of the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music.

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.

A 2012 Pew Fellow and Leeway Transformation Award winner, Waselchuk is interviewing and photographing Philadelphia block captains for Them That Do, a project which reveals the individual and shared histories of the city’s diverse citizenry.

Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher was appointed the third Philadelphia Poet Laureate by Mayor Jim Kenney on February 5, 2016.

Five Pew Fellows have been awarded artist residencies in 2015, supported by the Center’s ongoing partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities.

Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher leads a workshop exploring creative reflection in conjunction with the Center-funded Elephants on the Avenue, presented by Historic Germantown.

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

Daniel Heyman’s (Pew Fellow, 2009) works on paper capture the images and words of Iraqi torture victims from facilities like Abu Ghraib.

Grants & Grantees

Dito van Reigersberg is a theater artist, a co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Sheila M. Sofian is a filmmaker and a 1997 Pew Fellow.