“Often with little more than tone and concept in mind, I will begin filming and, like the traveler, see where that leads me.”
David Scott Kessler (b. 1975) is a filmmaker and director whose work explores place, moving through “the confluence between the real and imagined,” he says. Originally a painter, his work combines film, installation, writing, performance, and drawing to suggest what he describes as “a world beyond reality.” Kessler’s current project, The Pine Barrens—which confronts environmental degradation and human response to it—has included bi-monthly performances over the last three years, during which he collaborated with The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, inspiring him to think about what he sees as the “untapped potential for the merger of live music and documentary.” In 2014, he produced and directed two music videos for singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. He has studied at Parsons School of Design, The University of the Arts, Constantijn Hygens Christelijke Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands, and Montclair State University. Kessler’s work has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Housing Works, New York; Summerhall, Edinburgh; The National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, and many others. He is the founder of the media production company Studioscopic.
In 1995 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 23 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.
Robert Pinsky is a poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as poet laureate consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress.
Thomas M. Hotaling is a principal and designer with Ann Beha Architects, a 35-person design firm in Boston, MA.
Susan Warden is an independent choreographer who served as artistic director for 940 Dance Company at the Lawrence (Kansas) Arts Center.
Bobby Zankel is a musician and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Sheila M. Sofian is a filmmaker and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
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.
Vox Populi’s exhibition mined historical notions of “the underground” in relationship to the work of director and cult legend Timothy Carey, and explored his legacy.
Visual artist and Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio talks about the relationship between artistic practice and “the local.”
Peter Rose is a multimedia artist and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
WHYY is the region’s leading public media company and PBS/NPR member station serving one of the nation’s top 10 markets, with more than 2.9 million households in the 5-county greater Philadelphia region, the State of Delaware, and all of Southern New Jersey.