David Filipi

David Filipi has been a film curator and a key member of the Wexner Center’s curatorial team since 1994. Filipi has organized retrospectives of and visits by such filmmakers as Richard Linklater, Milos Forman, Pedro Costa, Philip Kaufman, Claire Denis, Olivier Assayas, Ellen Kuras, D.A. Pennebaker, Arnaud Desplechin, Gus Van Sant, Guy Maddin, Babak Payami, Frederick Wiseman, Peter Bogdanovich, and dozens of other established and emerging filmmakers. He has organized series around themes such as color filmmaking in the silent era, exploitation films, sex in Hollywood film, the British New Wave, the global food industry, Oscar-winning documentaries, and rock music documentaries. His ongoing project “Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame” has been presented annually at the Wexner Center and multiple national venues since 2004. In the summer of 2008 Filipi co-curated his first gallery exhibition, Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond—also the first exhibition devoted to the famed comic book artist—which was met with national acclaim. Prior to joining the Wexner, Filipi was with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He received his Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as a Center exhibitions panelist in 2010 and a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2009.


Bassist, composer, and Pew Fellow Jymie Merritt discusses the early influence of Duke Ellington on his artistic practice, his interest in digital composition tools, and more.

WHYY’s NewsWorks recently aired a segment on Mural Arts Program’s upcoming project with Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse.

Grants & Grantees

Whit MacLaughlin is a theater artist, the founder of New Paradise Laboratories, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

For decades this suburban university gallery has presented exhibitions of a quality and field-wide significance well beyond what one might expect, given its size and location.

Grants & Grantees

Benjamin Volta (Pew Fellow, 2015) creates intricate public murals and sculptures, and works within the fields of education, restorative justice, and urban planning.

Grants & Grantees

Charles Burwell (Pew Fellow, 2008) creates abstract paintings, often times on a large scale, which are formally rigorous and visually stimulating.

A number of Center-funded projects are New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer fall arts picks.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s current playwriting project is a Center-funded commission for Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, based on Don Juan Returns from the War.

A Fierce Kind of Love, a new play about the fight for disability rights, will be part of a series of public programs meant to generate public discussion beyond the disability community.

As part of its exhibition Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form, the James A. Michener Art Museum presents a series of films from the 1920s.

The major repository of the art of three generations of Wyeths (H.C, Andy, and Jamie), and steward of hundreds of acres of land where the artists worked, the Brandywine Museum is a national treasure.

Grants & Grantees

Tobin Rothlein is a dance artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.