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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Peggy Baker is one of Canada’s most treasured modern dancers and choreographers, and the artistic director of Peggy Baker Dance Projects.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Ethnomusicologist Robert Garfias is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Grants & Grantees

In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Paul Schimmel was the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) from 1990 to 2012 and has organized over 50 exhibitions in his career.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education embarked on a comprehensive re-envisioning of its art program to align it more fully with its overall goals.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Craig Barton is a professor of architecture and urban design and director of the Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Rajendra Roy joined the Department of Film at The Museum of Modern Art as Chief Curator in July 2007, overseeing the museum’s film collection, and their preservation and exhibition efforts. Roy served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Muhsana Ali is a visual artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews the first major retrospective for Evans, a Bucks County, Pennsylvania artist and “imaginative dynamo” who created sculpted bronze-art furniture.

Grants & Grantees

With a commitment to contemporary craft and design that is broad and inclusive, the Philadelphia Art Alliance is carving out its own space in the museum landscape.

Visual artist and Pew Fellow Benjamin Volta on his belief that art can be a catalyst for social change, the importance of fostering sustaining creative experiences, and more.

As an extension of its Pearl Street and Social Practice Lab programming, Asian Arts Initiative invites volunteers to work with Chinatown North and Callowhill residents and neighbors, in maintaining the Pearl Street alleyway.