Equilateral, a novel by Pew Fellow Ken Kalfus, was chosen by The Daily Beast as its 2013 Novel of the Year. The book, which takes place in the Egyptian desert in the late 1800s, “speaks most eloquently about America in 2013,” according to Nathaniel Rich of The Daily Beast.
The novel’s protagonist aims to build an enormous equilateral triangle to be filled with 22 million barrels of oil which, when lit, will attract the attention and begin civilization-transforming communications with Martians. Rich writes, “Equilateral can be read as a parable of the ways we blind ourselves through vanity, love, and greed. But the book has a timeliness that Kalfus may not have foreseen. The news of the past year was dominated by stories that were shocking only because they revealed the absurdity of the lies we have told ourselves.”
Miranda Cuckson teaches violin at Mannes College The New School for Music and directs the not-for-profit music organization Nunc, which she founded in 2007.
Claire Aguilar is the director of programming and industry engagement at Sheffield Doc/Fest, an international film festival that celebrates the art and business of documentary filmmaking.
Originally created with Center support for the 2012 FringeArts Festival, Georgia Tech Arts now presents Thaddeus Phillips’ Red-Eye to Havre de Grace at the Ferst Center for the Arts.
Named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener, this museum was founded in 1988 with a regional focus, housing a collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings.
Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel receives an Eisenhower Fellowship, The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Fatu Gayflor, Kinan Abou-afach premieres a new composition for Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.
Visual artist and Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio talks about the relationship between artistic practice and “the local.”
In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Andrew Simonet is a dance artist, a founder of Artists U and Headlong Dance Theater, and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
Ezra Shales is an art historian, curator, and artist whose research, publications, and exhibitions explore the intersections of design, craft, and art in modern and contemporary culture.
“I’m interested in how personality is replacing gender in how people are defined,” says 2009 Pew Fellow Ryan Trecartin, an innovative video artist who creates phantasmagorical media installations.
Musician and Pew Fellow Chris Madak on artistic motivation, the notion of “perfection,” and more.
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.