Ben Peterson

2009 Pew Fellow

Ben Peterson, 2009 Pew Fellow. Directed by Glenn Holsten.

“To a degree, you can do what you want within the space of the paper. Whereas maybe in the three-dimensional world, there’d be a lot of limitations.”

Ben Peterson (b. 1977) creates intensely detailed drawings that depict landscapes filled with collapsed structures set against manicured golf courses, large trees that are uprooted on top of beautiful houses, and cross-sections of architectural structures and the built environment. Some of his recent solo exhibitions include The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA; The Ownership Society, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and News at 11, G Fine Art, Washington, D.C. Peterson’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, some of which include Spot Check: Academy Contemporary, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Future Tense, Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, NY; Locally Localized Gravity, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; and Much Madness Is Divinest Sense, Cohan and Leslie, New York. Peterson received his B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.


This month in Fellows Friday news: Jamaaladeen Tacuma has been named as a 2014 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow in residence, the 2013 Pew Fellow poets read at San Francisco State University, and much more.

Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

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.

Framing Fraktur explores the relationship between traditional fraktur and the work of seven contemporary artists presented through two simultaneous exhibitions this spring. The exhibition will be mounted at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library, and is free and open to the public.

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Kùlú Mèlé embarked on a two-week residency in Conakry, Guinea with traditional artists Mariama Touré and M’Bemba Bangoura.

Commemorating the first major survey of artist Barbara Kasten’s work, on view at the ICA, Barbara Kasten: Stages is now available. Edited by curator Judith Tannenbaum in conjunction with the exhibition at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the vividly-illustrated publication Framing Fraktur reinterprets and reframes fraktur.

Inspired by the Center-funded Paul Evans retrospective at the James A. Michener Art Museum, we ask Williams and Tsien to reflect on the art-furniture designer’s work and its relationship to architecture.

Fall begins with a lively schedule of Center-funded projects, including ambitious artistic collaborations, performance premieres, exhibition openings, and experimental installations.

As part of the Center-funded Consumption: A Project on Pearl Street conceived by Rick Lowe, an ongoing revitalization of Pearl Street, Asian Arts Initiative presents an opening reception for the installations “Finding Comfort” and “Who’s Who.”

The Village will host two accomplished West African social practice artists, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Olanre Tejuoso, during residencies in which they will collaborate with north central Philadelphia’s families to design and execute a public art project, nurturing a space for community members to creatively transform their physical landscape.

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The Institute of Contemporary Art hosted this touring exhibition: the first major retrospective to honor the singular accomplishments of artist Sheila Hicks.

Grants & Grantees

Charles Cohen (Pew Fellow, 2011) has been characterized as a “special and singular musician” with a highly developed and refined voice.