Fellows Friday News: Jenny Sabin Receives Women in Architecture Award, Benjamin Volta Unveils New Mural, Remembering Nicholas Kripal

1/8: Jenny Sabin, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/8: Fatu Gayflor, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
3/8: Benjamin Volta, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
4/8: Jennifer Kidwell, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ian Douglas.
5/8: Matthew Suib, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
6/8: Jymie Merritt. Photo by Cameron Robert for National Public Radio.
7/8: Lela Aisha Jones in Native Portals: Release Mourning Clearing, 2016, presented by Intercultural Journeys. Photo by Aidan Un.
8/8: Raphael Xavier, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news, Jenny Sabin is honored with a Women in Architecture Award presented by Architectural Record, Benjamin Volta unveils a new mural, and we remember the late artist and teacher Nicholas Kripal.

Awards and Accolades

Architect and designer Jenny Sabin (2010) was named one of five winners of the third annual Women in Architecture Awards presented by Architectural Record. Sabin was honored for being an “innovator [who has made] a mark in innovative design and building technology,” according to the announcement. The award recognizes “American architects who are design leaders and have contributed to women’s increasingly visible role in the profession.” Read more>>

Vocalist and folk artist Fatu Gayflor (2014) was awarded an Art and Change grant from the Leeway Foundation. Gayflor’s project will bring together ethnic groups from her homeland, Liberia, with immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia for an evening of dialogue, presentations, and workshops “to recognize some of what each of their ethnic groups brings to their rich heritage,” according to Leeway. Read more>>

On Stage and On View

Bloom, a 166-foot mural by visual artist Benjamin Volta (2014) was recently unveiled in the Kingsessing neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia. Depicting a blossoming branch, Bloom was commissioned by Mural Arts Philadelphia and created in collaboration with members of the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership and artist Russell Craig. Read more>>

Choreographer Lela Aisha Jones (2016) will present her dance work Continuum of Action on October 28 at Chicago’s Link Hall as part of the shared program The Body Wails, the Body Restores with dancer Vershawn Sanders Ward. Read more>>

Composer and bassist Jymie Merritt (2016) will appear in the Philadelphia premiere of I Called Him Morgan (2016), a documentary exploring the life of the late jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. Screenings will take place October 28 and 30 as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival. Read more>>

Theater artist Dito van Reigersberg (2002) is currently starring as Miss Tracy Mills in Matthew Lopez’s musical comedy The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Arden Theatre Company. Performances continue through November 27. Read more>>

Visual artist Leroy Johnson (2014) will open Views of Philadelphia, an exhibition of new paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works, at Asian Arts Initiative on November 1. Read more>>

On November 10 The Institute of Contemporary Art will present a lecture by visual artist Alex Da Corte (2012), whose contributions to ICA include the 2012 exhibition First Among Equals (2012) and the 2014 exhibition Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson: Easternsports (2014). Read more>>

In the News

The New York Times, The Washington Post, and several other media outlets reviewed the New York premiere of Underground Railroad Game, created by theater artist Jennifer Kidwell (2016) and actor Scott Shepard. “This riveting, whip-smart performance piece…is as daringly unexpurgated as anything you’ll encounter onstage today,” wrote Peter Marks for The Washington Post. Read more>>

Filmmaker Glenn Holsten’s (1997) documentary Hollywood Beauty Salon, which follows the clients of an intimate beauty parlor inside a mental health center in Germantown, was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Writer Tirdad Derakhshani calls the film “witty” and “joyful” and commends Holsten’s “startlingly frank one-on-one chats about [community members’] sometimes harrowing life stories.” Read more>>

The Boston Globe called hip-hop dancer and choreographer Raphael Xavier (2013) “a dance philosopher” in its review of his performance work Point of Interest, which was performed at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Read more>>

Visual artists Nadia Hironaka (2006) and Matthew Suib’s (2011) site-specific performance and video installation Unsung, presented at the Philadelphia Rail Park and commissioned by Mural Arts Philadelphia, was featured on WHYY. Read more>>

In Memoriam

Nicholas Kripal (1999) passed away on September 30. A ceramic sculptor, known for creating site-specific installations that emphasized the architectural iconography of sacred spaces, he is also remembered as a teacher and mentor. Kripal served as ceramics program head and chair of the crafts department at Tyler School of Art, where he was also professor of art for over three decades. In 2004, he co-founded Crane Arts with artist Richard Hricko. Kripal is the recipient of numerous fellowships and residencies, and his installations have been exhibited internationally. In a tribute on artblog, Hester Stinnett, professor and interim dean of Tyler School of Art, described Kripal as “an inspiring teacher, generous colleague, and dynamic leader.” The Center staff extends our condolences to Nicholas’ family, friends, and colleagues. Read more>>



Grants & Grantees

Leroy Johnson (Pew Fellow, 2014) is a mixed-media artist whose work takes the form of painting, collage, and assemblage sculpture. A native of Philadelphia, his work is reflective of his many experiences in the inner city.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Emil Kang serves as executive director for the arts at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a post created in 2005 to help unify and elevate the performing arts at the university.

Grants & Grantees

In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

This week, we speak to musician and composer Chris Forsyth, whose career remains devoted to his roots in rock music, while questioning and expanding upon them.

Pew Fellows Eileen Neff and Raphael Xavier are among the distinguished recipients of 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships.

Grants & Grantees

Judith E. Stein is a writer, curator, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun is a textile artist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Questions of Practice

Murphy makes up one half of the artist duo Megawords, along with Anthony Smyrski. Megawords is well known throughout Philadelphia for installations that are equal parts gathering space, artist studio, and storefront.

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.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, visual artist Candy Coated designs colorful bikes with the Mural Arts Program and Indego, and composer Jennifer Higdon prepares for the premiere of her opera, Cold Mountain in Santa Fe. The Chicago Tribune profiles fiction writer Max Apple, and Poet Afaa Michael Weaver receives the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Book Award.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Matthew Mitchell’s compositions address intersections and cross-pollination among various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music.

Pew Fellow and visual artist Benjamin Volta leads an artmaking workshop as part of Historic Germantown’s ongoing Center-funded project Elephants on the Avenue.