Anne Seidman

2008 Pew Fellow

Anne Seidman, 2008 Pew Fellow. Directed by Glenn Holsten.

“I think that when we’re all really young, that we have this inner self that we feel is huge. If you do work like this, and you’re by yourself and you’re making this work, that’s what you’re connecting with, and that’s what you trust to make decisions.”

Anne Seidman (b. 1950) describes her work as rigorous and controlled, while at the same time allowing room for spontaneity, irony, and consciousness. Seidman’s practice has allowed her to explore the nature of pure painting through abstraction, suggesting friction, awkwardness, and ultimately, a sense of self. Her painting relies on a commitment to process, working through the unfamiliar until it becomes recognizable, eventually reaching a resolution.

Seidman has exhibited extensively over the years, most recently at Mercer Gallery, New York, NY; George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles; and Arcadia University, Glenside, PA. She has received many honors, including grants from the Leeway Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Purchase Awards from both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Arcadia University. From 1986–2010, she was a professor at the Moore College of Art and Design where she taught computer graphic and motion skills.


Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2011, received media attention from the New York Times and Artforum.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Ian Berry is Dayton Director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.

Grants & Grantees

David Brick is a dance artist, a founder of Headlong Dance Theater, and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region.

Grants & Grantees

Winner of two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, the Crossing is a professional contemporary chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally.

Questions of Practice

2014 Pew Fellow Brent Wahl reflects on how Barbara Kasten’s Construct works helped him “make some sense of the forces of the postmodern climate of the 1980s.”

Grants & Grantees

Raphael Xavier (Pew Fellow, 2013) has practiced “breaking,” an acrobatic street dance style commonly known as breakdancing, since 1983.

The experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will be illuminated in this multimedia work created by MacArthur Fellow and jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and poet/librettist Mike Ladd, in combination with a publication of local veterans’ writings produced through a partnership with the veteran-focused arts organization Warrior Writers.

How might a world-famous art collection inform a new piece of music? MacArthur award-winning saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark shares his thoughts.

Swenbeck is a 2013 Pew Fellow and visual artist, and his fascination with the macabre has filtered into his idiosyncratic sculptures, paintings, photographs, and installations.

Strange Currencies is the first exhibition to articulate a history for the unorthodox, artist-run spaces that emerged in Mexico City in the 1990s.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Andrea Grover is the Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY, where she is initiating new models for temporary and off-site exhibitions.