Dean Otto

Dean Otto became active in film and video programming in 1985 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He joined the film/video department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center in 1995, where he co-curates the Expanding the Frame series and oversees work from the Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection, as well as the annual Queer Takes series. He has managed the international tour of the series Magnetic North at 17 sites and coordinated the residencies of artists Arthur Dong, Cheryl Dunye, Christian Marclay, and Craig Baldwin. Otto served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2012 and an exhibitions LOI panelist in 2013.


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

A Fierce Kind of Love: Connecting Communities through Story and Dialogue, a multi-part project presented by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University continues with an exhibition at Philadelphia City Hall.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Harris Eisenstadt is a drummer, composer, and bandleader who has studied with respected names in jazz and improvised music, as well as in West African and Cuban drumming.

This month in Fellows Friday news: Vera Nakonechny is named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, Alex Da Corte exhibits at White Cube, and much more.

Grants & Grantees

Nathalie Anderson is a poet and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jeffrey Horowitz, founding artistic director of Brooklyn’s Theatre for a New Audience, began his career in theater as an actor on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater.

Grants & Grantees

Janet Goldwater is a media artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Poet and Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher on creating “poetics of use,” the inspiration she draws from her ancestry, and more.

Grants & Grantees

Classically trained on the harp since age 11, Mary Lattimore (Pew Fellow, 2014) incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music, thereby extending the conventions of her instrument.

Grants & Grantees

AP Gorny is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education commissions art that more directly fulfills its missions of land preservation, restoration, and education.

A multidisciplinary theater artist whose practice is rooted in set design, Matt Saunders answers our questions on inspiration, artistic legacy, and more.