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.


Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program commissioned an impermanent public art project by artist Katharina Grosse: a massive episodic painting along a five-mile stretch of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

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The Curtis Institute of Music, in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center, produced Leoš Janácek’s opera, sung in the original Czech.

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy manages the largest and oldest public art program in the country, while The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia seeks to improve quality of life for all Philadelphians by facilitating collaborations between the city’s public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Arcadia University Art Gallery presents an exhibition of early artwork by the late Pati Hill, an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s.

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Within a welcoming educational environment, Al-Bustan supports the Arab-American community’s pursuit and affirmation of its cultural identity.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Richard Maxwell, playwright and director, is the artistic director of New York City Players and a two-time Off-Broadway Theater Award winner.

We talk to Sherlock, a 2013 Pew Fellow and Philadelphia’s newly designated poet laureate, about his dream collaboration with Yoko Ono and what made him want to become a poet.

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Sarah Robayo Sheridan is a writer and curator whose burgeoning practice and innovative small-space projects have garnered her national attention.

This documentary film project, produced in collaboration with WHYY and Equality Forum, will illuminate the 50-year history and progress of the LGBTQ civil rights movement by highlighting the powerful experiences of Gay Rights movement pioneers and documenting a planned reenactment of the 1965–69 peaceful demonstrations at Independence Hall.

Collaborators & Colleagues

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.

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.

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Frank Sherlock (Pew Fellow, 2013) views poetry as a call to action and a tool for encouraging interactions and conversations within public spaces.