Pew Fellowships in the Arts at 25: Highlighting Fellows’ Achievements Around the World

Tania Isaac, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo courtesy of the artist.

In 2017, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. The Fellowships program provides direct support to the Philadelphia region’s most talented artists, working in all disciplines.

Over the past 25 years, Pew Fellows have made an impact regionally, nationally, and internationally: They have been recognized with numerous prestigious grants and awards, and have had their work presented in 49 US states and more than 60 countries.

Below, we highlight our Fellows’ growing list of accomplishments—from Pulitzer Prizes and Guggenheim Fellowships, to presentations in leading biennales, museums, and festivals around the globe.

Grants and Awards

30 Guggenheim Fellowships
9 United States Artists Fellowships
4 Creative Capital grants
3 Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards
3 Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts
3 MacArthur Fellowships
3 National Heritage Fellowships, awarded by the
National Endowment for the Arts
3 Poets Laureate of Philadelphia
2 Pulitzer Prizes
2 Rome Prizes
2 Grammy Awards
2 Obie Awards
2 Whiting Foundation Writer’s Awards

Museums and Performing Arts Venues

• Brooklyn Academy of Music
• Brooklyn Museum
• Danspace Project
• Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
• Hong Kong Museum of Art
• Library of Congress
• Louvre Museum
• Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
• Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
• National Gallery of Art
• National Museum of African American History & Culture
• New Museum
• New York Theatre Workshop
• Philadelphia Museum of Art
• Phoenix Art Museum
• Tate Modern
• The Andy Warhol Museum
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• The Morgan Library & Museum
• The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
• The Museum of Modern Art, New York
• Walker Art Center
• Wexner Center for the Arts
• Whitney Museum of American Art
• Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Festivals and Biennials

• Auckland Triennial
• Cannes Film Festival
• Carnegie International
• Dubai International Film Festival
• Dublin International Film Festival
• Documenta
• Edinburgh Festival Fringe
• São Paulo Biennial
• Shanghai International Film Festival
• South by Southwest
• Spoleto Festival USA
• Sundance Film Festival
• Tribeca Film Festival
• Venice Biennale
• Whitney Biennial

Read more Fellows news in our recent news roundups here and here.

Above stats, as of February 2017.

Grants & Grantees

Jenn McCreary (Pew Fellow, 2013) believes that the poem is “a dialogue and exchange between poet and reader; a breathing entity rather than a closed, coherent object.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Malik Gaines is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. He is curator at large at LAXART and a member of the performance art collective My Barbarian.

Grants & Grantees

Elaine Terranova is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

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.

Grants & Grantees

An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”

Grants & Grantees

In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

September 2015 Pew Fellows news highlights: The New York Times features exhibitions from Alex da Corte and Pepón Osorio in its “New Season” picks; Fellows such as Anthony Campuzano and Gabriel Martinez open new installations, and more.

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.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Lori Waselchuk’s photographs of post-Katrina New Orleans and the hospice at Angola Prison in Louisiana bring us into intimate contact with complex subjects.

Dancer, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.

Grants & Grantees

Rebecca Westcott (1976–2004) was a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s mid-career retrospective of the work of photographer Zoe Strauss offered the first comprehensive assessment of the artist’s achievement to date.