Fellows Friday News: Four Pew Fellows Nominated for Barrymore Awards, Sharon Hayes Exhibits Work in Scotland, and More

1/5: James Ijames, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/5: Sharon Hayes. Photo by David B. Smith.
3/5: Jorge Cousineau, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
4/5: Jennifer Kidwell, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ian Douglas.
5/5: Raphael Xavier. Photo by Brian Mengini.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news, four Fellows receive nominations for the 2016 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, Sarah McEneaney’s latest gallery show is profiled in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Sharon Hayes opens a new exhibition at The Common Guild in Scotland.

In the News

This year’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre nominees include sound designer Christopher Colucci (2016) for Outstanding Original Music, designer Jorge Cousineau (2011) for Outstanding Scenic Design, theater artist James Ijames (2015) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play, and theater artist Jennifer Kidwell (2016) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play. Read more>>

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiled visual artist Sarah McEneaney’s (1993) exhibition When You Wish, which is inspired by the artist’s three-decade history of living in Philadelphia’s Callowhill neighborhood and her vision for its future. The exhibition is on view at Locks Gallery through October 8. Read more>>

Theater artist Jennifer Kidwell (2016) was interviewed by The New York Times in conjunction with the New York premiere of her play Underground Railroad Game, co-created with actor Scott Sheppard. Read more>>

Performances and Exhibitions

Visual artist Sharon Hayes (2016) will open In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You October 8 at The Common Guild in Glasgow, Scotland. Drawing from queer and feminist archives in the US and the UK, the exhibition examines how political identities are formed through the acts of reading and writing. Read more>>

Hip-hop artist Raphael Xavier (2013) presented the multidisciplinary street festival Raphstravaganza on September 10 in the courtyard of Philadelphia City Hall. The day-long event featured street performers, extreme BMX riders, and acrobatic contortionists, in addition to live music by saxophonist Bobby Zankel (1996). Read more>>

Visual artist Judith Schaechter’s (1992) The Life Ecstatic, a new exhibition exploring the meaning of transcendent joy, is on view at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York through October 22. Read more>>

In Print and On Air

The Brooklyn Rail published writer Rachel Blau DuPlessis’ (2002) poem “Sheppard’s Calendar,” a selection from her new book Mackle, Shard, and Trace. Read more>>

Writer Glen Weldon (1994) contributed an essay to NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour titled “Where Did TV’s Villains Go? Monsters, Anti-Heroes And Alexis Colby Carrington.” Read more>>



Makihara’s performance work blends percussion with dance-like body movement, exercising a rigorous, systematic, and practiced process of experimentation and repetition.

Grants & Grantees

WHYY is the region’s leading public media company and PBS/NPR member station serving one of the nation’s top 10 markets, with more than 2.9 million households in the 5-county greater Philadelphia region, the State of Delaware, and all of Southern New Jersey.

Composer and Pew Fellow Andrea Clearfield on what inspired her to dedicate her first opera to the life of an 11th-century Tibetan yogi, the influence of composer Margaret Garwood on her practice, and more.

Since 2011, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has provided recent Pew Fellows with opportunities to take sojourns outside of the Philadelphia area, for residencies intended to push their artistic practice and expand their horizons.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Benjamin Filene is associate professor and director of public history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and co-editor of Letting Go? Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.

Grants & Grantees

J. Louise Makary (Pew Fellow, 2013) approaches film as a platform to explore, critique, and dissect narratives and their uses.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Kamella Tate is the owner/principal of KTA/LLC, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides research, program design, evaluation, and fund development services to community nonprofits in the arts, healthcare, and education sectors.

Grants & Grantees

Michael O’Reilly is a producer and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) today announced 53 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. The 2016 awards total more than $10 million and provide funding for 12 new Pew Fellowships, 36 Project grants, and 5 Advancement grants.

Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.

Pew Fellow and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher leads a poetry workshop and story circle in Historic Germantown.

Grants & Grantees

The 2011 FringeArts Festival featured the American premiere of Improbable Theatre’s production, which took inspiration from the iconic puppet show Punch and Judy.