Francine Prose

Francine Prose is the author of many works of fiction, including Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. Her stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Observer, The New Republic, ARTnews, and Harper’s, for which she is a contributing editor. She is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and a PEN translation prize. Prose was also awarded the first Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction for her novel, A Changed Man, and the Edith Wharton Achievement Award for Literature. She has taught at Harvard University, Sarah Lawrence College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She served as the Center’s Pew Fellowships panel chair in 2009.


Grants & Grantees

In 1997 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Questions of Practice

2014 Pew Fellow Brent Wahl reflects on how Barbara Kasten’s Construct works helped him “make some sense of the forces of the postmodern climate of the 1980s.”

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) announced today its 2015 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. Marking the Center’s 10th year of grantmaking, a total of more than $9.6 million will provide funding for 12 new Pew Fellowships, 34 Project grants, and three Advancement grants.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Matthew Mitchell’s compositions address intersections and cross-pollination among various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music.

Grants & Grantees

Uri Caine is an award-winning composer and pianist, and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.

Pew Fellow and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez leads a poetry workshop exploring the history of Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only intact stop on the Underground Railroad.

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.

Grants & Grantees

The Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Professor of ethnomusicology at Harvard University, Richard K. Wolf specializes in the veena and mridangam Indian instruments, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in South Asia.

Grants & Grantees

Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series marked the centennial of Gustav Mahler’s death and the 60th anniversary of the death of Arnold Schoenberg with a two-season commissioning project.