“I’m trying to get at something that’s not absolutely defined…something that has to do with this grand, ambitious idea of making abstract paintings, and trying to make a painting that feels right—right in my particular time as an artist.”
Charles Burwell (b. 1955) creates abstract paintings, often times on a large scale, which are formally rigorous and visually stimulating. Burwell’s compositions are spatially complex; since the early 1990s his work has involved a specific layering process that relies on the interaction of the controlled dripped line maze-like linear forms, and organic and geometric forms. His work is a balance of abstraction and representation, figure and ground, organic yet stylized-opposing processes that allow for a multitude of associations.
Burwell has received many honors, including grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Burwell’s solo shows have been exhibited at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; and at the List Gallery, Swarthmore College, PA. His work can be found in many major institutional collections, some of which include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City. Burwell is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia.
Dance and choreographer Megan Bridge co-directs < fidget >, a platform for her collaborative work with composer, designer, and musicologist Peter Price.
Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, and media artist whose work encompasses electro-acoustic improvisation, video, synthesizer, voice, contrabass, and bass guitar.
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia opened to the public in 1954 and is located in the former home of brothers Philip and Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, international dealers in rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts.
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents a day-long public forum exploring stories of displacement.
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.
Bobby Zankel is a musician and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Ally is a performance-as-exhibition, conceived by MacArthur Fellow Janine Antoni in collaboration with pioneering choreographer Anna Halprin and contemporary dance artist Stephen Petronio.
2013 Pew Fellow J. Louise Makary’s works on film combine dance, still photography, and experimental techniques, introducing unexpected, challenging elements into traditional narrative structure.
In 2002 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Strange Currencies, this forum of independent contemporary art groups and spaces from around the country will explore what it means to be (and stay) “alternative.”
Bob Perelman is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
Lucinda Childs is one of America’s most important modern choreographers and an original member of the Judson Dance Theater in New York.