Fellows Friday News: Pepón Osorio Nominated to National Council on the Arts, Jenny Sabin Installation at Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, and More

1/7: Installation view of the PolyThread knitted textile pavilion, designed by Jenny E. Sabin, commissioned for Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.
2/7: Pepón Osorio at reFORM launch on May 1, 2015. Courtesy of Temple Contemporary.
3/7: Director Heidi Saman and actor Waleed Zuaiter on the set of Namour. Photo by TK Anderson.
4/7: Marshall Allen, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
5/7: Alex Da Corte, Untitled (Open Poem Squish), 2012. Pigment Print, 40 x 40”. Photo courtesy of the artist.
6/7: Tiona McClodden. Photo by King Texas.
7/7: Tim Portlock, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, President Barack 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 a textile installation for the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

Honors and Awards

Visual artist Pepón Osorio (2006) has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Arts, an advisory committee of the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more>>

Columbus State University announced plans to open the Bo Bartlett Center, named after visual artist Bo Bartlett (1993), in late 2017. Described as “a unique partnership between a living mid-career artist and a state university,” the Center will encompass 18,425-square-feet of gallery, archive, and multidisciplinary programming spaces, according to a university press release. Read more>>

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting awarded poet Sonia Sanchez (1993), and writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Toni Morrison, the Marlon Brando Award for excellence in the arts and commitment to social engagement at a ceremony in June. Read more>>

On View, On Screen, and On Stage

Architect and designer Jenny Sabin (2010) has created a knitted textile installation for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. The contemporary design exhibition series is on view through August 21 and features work by 63 designers. The exhibition will travel to the San Jose Museum of Art in October. Read more>>

Saxophonist Marshall Allen (2012) led and performed with the celebrated jazz group Sun Ra Arkestra during the 2016 Vision Festival in New York. The New York Times positively reviewed the concert, calling Allen “a vital presence,” and writing, “there was something deep and noble happening” during the performance. Read more>>

Visual artist Alex Da Corte’s (2012) solo exhibition A Season in He’ll, organized by the Hammer Museum, is on view at Art + Practice in Los Angeles through September 17. The show, featuring a survey of recent videos within a site-specific installation, was praised by Wallpaper Magazine, which wrote that Da Corte “finds poetry in consumer culture and theatricality in the suburban.” Read more>>

Heidi Saman’s (2016) feature-length film Namour, will receive its East Coast premiere at the 2016 BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia on August 7. The film, set in Los Angeles during the economic recession of the late 2000s, centers on a young Egyptian American valet driver who struggles to balance his lifestyle with the demands of his middle-class immigrant family. Read more>>

Visual artist Tim Portlock’s (2011) recent solo exhibition, Ash and Gold at Locks Gallery, received praise from Hyperallergic, which reported: “The work grapples with ideas of social responsibility, environmental destruction, and a precarious future where we will live in the ruins of a civilization we built, then decimated.” Read more>>

In the News

Generocity interviewed 2016 Pew Fellows Tiona McClodden, Jennifer Kidwell, and Heidi Saman about how the Fellowships will impact their practices. McClodden states, “I’ve lived in Philly for 10 years, and I hope to produce more work here because it’s a city that can be a sustainable city for artists.” Read more>>

Guitarist Chris Forsyth (2011) performed with The Solar Motel Band on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert video series. In its introduction, NPR writes of Forsyth: “The Philly guitarist has proven his versatility not only as an instrumentalist, but also as a storyteller.” Watch the video>>

The London-based magazine Skin Deep interviewed visual artist and filmmaker Tiona McClodden (2016) about her project Affixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex. The digital exhibition, commissioned in 2015 by the Institute of Contemporary Art, commemorates the 20th anniversary of poet Essex Hemphill’s (1993) death, and will be featured in Skin Deep’s upcoming print edition IMAGINING 2043 later this month. Read more>>


Collaborators & Colleagues

Valerie Cassel Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She has organized numerous exhibitions that have earned national and international acclaim.

Grants & Grantees

Piffaro recorded composer Kile Smith’s Vespers with The Crossing choir.

This month’s Pew Fellows news highlights include a new opera from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, a Hodder Fellowship through Princeton University for set designer and theater artist Matt Saunders, and new exhibition works by artists Tim Portlock, Jane Irish, Alex Da Corte, and more.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia connects the region’s arts organizations and for-profit businesses.

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

Equilateral, a novel by Pew Fellow Ken Kalfus, was chosen by The Daily Beast as its 2013 Novel of the Year.

Collaborators & Colleagues

William Parker is a leading figure in the New York creative jazz scene. Renowned as a composer, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist, he is also an educator and author.

Pew Fellow Christopher Colucci on his progression from musician to sound designer, the music and books that inspire him, and more.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Brian Rogers is a director, video artist, co-founder, and artistic director of the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, Queens.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Chris joined Portland Center Stage as artistic director in May 2000. Before coming to Portland, he was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in 1988.

Grants & Grantees

Linda Cordell is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

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.