In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, author Justin Cronin’s book trilogy is in development for a Fox television series, W Magazine commissions visual artist Ryan Trecartin to create cover art for its 10th anniversary art issue, and visual artist Caroline Lathan-Stiefel opens a new solo exhibition at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.
Visual artist Annabeth Rosen (1992) and choreographer Raphael Xavier (2013) were awarded 2016 United States Artists Fellowships. The Fellowship “celebrates the breadth of American artistic practices by providing $50,000 unrestricted awards directly to artists,” according to United States Artists. Read more>>
Author Judith E. Stein (1994) was interviewed in The Brooklyn Rail about her book Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, a biography of the celebrated art dealer Richard Bellamy. Read more>>
Hyperallergic reviewed visual artist Daniel Heyman’s (2009) exhibition at Dartmouth College, writing: “Heyman’s layered paintings, prints, and portraits possess an almost decorative lightness that often belies darker imagery, a more crucial and devastating truth.” Read more>>
New Releases and Commissions
W Magazine commissioned visual artist Ryan Trecartin (2009) and collaborator Lizzie Fitch to create the cover art and feature spread for its 10th anniversary art issue. The surrealist artworks, titled “placebo pets,” feature models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner reimagined as domesticated pets. Read more>>
Pianist and composer Orrin Evans (2010) released a new album, #knowingishalfthebattle, on Smoke Sessions Records, featuring Philadelphia-based guitarists Kevin Eubanks and Kurt Rosenwinkel and saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis. Read more>>
On View and On Stage
Visual artist Caroline Lathan-Stiefel’s (2015) Warp +Weft, a solo exhibition of mixed media sculptures, installations, and drawings that explore the rhizomatic networks of the brain, is on view at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery through December 4. Read more>>
Playwright James Ijames (2015) directed Villanova Theatre’s production of Marisol by José Rivera. For Broad Street Review, critic Mark Cofta writes that the “nuanced” and “muscular” production offers “material often abstract and unrealistic with a grounded-ness that draws us in.” Read more>>
Architect and visual artist Jenny Sabin (2010) and longtime collaborator Peter Lloyd presented their experimental design installation THE BEACON at the 2016 DesignPhiladelphia festival. The interactive installation was a hub for 10 days of public programs that included panel discussions, pick-up volleyball games, and mindfulness movement classes. Read more>>
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.
In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.
Sandra Brownlee is a weaver and a 1992 Pew Fellow.
Dancer, choreographer, and 2013 Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes hip-hop techniques from the street to the stage and tells the autobiographical story defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.
Since 2006, Kinshasha Holman Conwill has served as deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum, scheduled to open in 2015.
We asked the 2013 Pew Fellow poets to share samples of their work. Watch Emily Abendroth read a selection from her poem “Always Hook a Gift Horsey Dead in the Kisser [An Invocation].”
Aaron Cromie is a multidisciplinary theater artist working in a range of theatrical styles including mask, puppetry, clown, music, and commedia dell’arte.
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.
Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas presented its second annual Latin Roots & Rhythms Festival, a three-day festival celebrating Latin American, Spanish, and African dance, music and culture.
In 1996 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 28 dance and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Reggie Wilson is the artistic director of Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, where he presents his unique blend of African and post-modern dance styles.