“Art-making leads to art-making. I learned to write by writing.”
J.C. Todd’s (b. 1943) poems investigate the impact of war, with an insistent eye and ear on language. Her current project, War Zone, explores containments and outbursts of resistance, with sonnets that “complicate and contemporize the tradition of war poems.” Todd’s writing seeks out the tender moments that exist in contrast to devastation. “If language bears the trace of war, how can that be revealed and perhaps shaken loose?” she asks. Todd received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in 1990, and she has since taught at universities and in the Writers-in-the-Schools Program. Her works include What Space This Body (Wind Publications, 2008) as well as two chapbooks: Nightshade and Entering Pisces (Pine Press, 1995 and 1985, respectively). She’s received fellowships and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, and the Latvian Cultural Capital Fund. Other honors include an International Artist Exchange Award from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a scholarship to the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators.
Elaine Hoffman Watts is a klezmer musician and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
Michael O’Reilly is a producer and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
Annabeth Rosen is a ceramist and a 1992 Pew Fellow.
Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas presented its second annual Latin Roots & Rhythms Festival, a three-day festival celebrating Latin American, Spanish, and African dance, music and culture.
A young choreographer who has already produced provocative, experimental dance works, Poe (Pew Fellow, 2011) is the founder of dance/theater company idiosynCrazy productions.
Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.
Dancer, choreographer, and 2013 Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes hip-hop techniques from the street to the stage and tells the autobiographical story defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.
Vera Nakonechny, 2008 Pew Fellow, has been named a 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow.
Ezra Shales 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.
Vox Populi presented a group exhibition with guest-curator Malik Gaines that explored various tactics for representing the complex, contradictory legacies of cultural difference.
This week, we speak to poet J.C. Todd, whose current work-in-progress is a collection of sonnets that “complicates and contemporizes the tradition of war poems.”
Rainey is a 2013 Pew Fellow, a soprano saxophonist and composer, one half of improvisational duo nmperign, and leader of the BSC, an eight-member ensemble that uses both acoustic and electronic instruments.
“I have never had a shortage of ideas for creating music,” says 2007 Pew Fellow Jamey Robinson.
Valerie Cassel Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She has organized numerous exhibitions that have earned national and international acclaim.
Poet and 2011 Pew Fellow CAConrad is well known for poetry collections such as A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon and The Book of Frank. His latest book is ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness.
Dolce Suono Ensemble, founded by flutist Mimi Stillman in 2005, presents highly acclaimed chamber music concerts in Philadelphia and on tour.
In 2001 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Alex Da Corte appears twice in Interview and Karen M’Closkey & Keith VanDerSys are singled out in Metropolis. Plus, news on Brian Phillips, Zoe Strauss, Matthew Mitchell, and CAConrad.
Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe visited the Center in fall 2011 to speak with Pew Fellows about using creative solutions to renovate old homes to revitalize a community.
In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Dancer, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.
Jo Lauria is an independent curator and an art and design historian. Formerly, she was a decorative arts curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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.