Ezra Shales

Ezra Shales served as a Center exhibitions panelist in 2012 and a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2010. He is an art historian, curator, and artist whose research, publications, and exhibitions explore the intersections of design, craft, and art in modern and contemporary culture. A professor at Alfred University, he recently wrote Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts and Civic Identity in the Progressive Era (2010), which analyzes art as an expression of civic ideals. In 2011, he co-curated Raw Goods: The Transformation of Material by Local Industries, in which half-finished artifacts of glass, metal, and ceramic were pulled from the factories of Western New York in order to assess the idea of industrial craft and the hand (manu) in manufacture. Shales’ writings have been published in the Journal of Design History, Journal of Modern Craft, Design & Culture, The Studio Potter, Fine Art Connoisseur, and American Craft. Before joining the faculty at Alfred University, he served as director of education at the Katonah Museum of Art, and supervised art education in New York City public schools. He has exhibited his own work at the Brooklyn Museum, P.S. 1, Art in General, and Artists Space.

Grants & Grantees

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

Opera Philadelphia built an institutional research and development program, which has led to new partnerships and artistic collaborations with international opera companies and performers.

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

The first museum in the nation focused on families with children ages seven and younger, Please Touch Museum enriches the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play.

The concluding performance of Jamillah James’ AUX Curatorial Fellowship includes new dance performances by New York-based choreographer and dancer niv Acosta, and Philadelphia-based choreographer and dancer Jumatatu Poe.

When asked about his sense of ethical responsibility in creating work, Whit MacLaughlin of New Paradise Laboratories responded with a reflection on his place in the performance world.

Grants & Grantees

This exhibition, the first major survey of Kasten’s work, broadly situates her legacy in relationship to contemporary art, beyond a strictly photographic history.

Questions of Practice

Published in 2006, What Makes a Great Exhibition? is vital reading for arts professionals, art and curatorial studies students, art historians, practicing artists, and anyone curious about exhibition-making today.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since 1994, Hamza Walker has served as director of education/associate curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art.

Grants & Grantees

Arcadia University Art Gallery presented the first United States museum survey of the internationally acclaimed artist’s ceramics outside of New York City.

The Winter 2013 issue of Trust, the official magazine of The Pew Charitable Trusts, features The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s artist residency program, established with arts colonies throughout North America.

This is Nigerian-born, London-based Yinka Shonibare’s first major Philadelphia exhibition since his artist residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2004.