Don Byron is a jazz performer and composer who primarily plays the clarinet. He has collaborated and performed with Mario Bauza, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Anthony Braxton, Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Joe Henry, among many others. Byron has served as the artistic director of jazz at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and been an artist-in-residence at New York’s Symphony Space. He has written music for the dance companies of Donald Byrd, Mark Dendy, and Ellen Sinopoli. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Artist Fellowship, and a Rome Prize for Composition. Byron attended the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with George Russell. He was a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2010.
Elaine Hoffman Watts is a klezmer musician and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
Annie Polland has been vice president of education & programs at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City since 2009.
Composer Jace Clayton, also known as DJ /rupture, uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on the global South.
Toby Twining is a musician and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
Poet and Pew Fellow Ryan Eckes on his desire to “write toward another way of living,” why he chooses to work and live in Philadelphia, the books on his bedside table, and more.
In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.
Michael Djupstrom premieres a new piano quintet at the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival, Beth Kephart and Caroline Lathan-Stiefel display works at the Philadelphia International Airport, and The New York Times reviews Chris Forsyth’s new album.
We recap our recent gathering of Fellows, Rebecca Rutstein is selected for an “Artist-at-Sea” residency with the Schmidt Ocean Institute aboard the Falkor research vessel, and musicians Mary Lattimore and Chris Forsyth release new albums.
Dancer, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.
Bruce Graham’s Rizzo opens at Theatre Exile, NPR features Chris Forsyth, and Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson receives a Bessie Award.
In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.