“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.
This month in Fellows Friday news: Uri Caine receives rave reviews for his Philadelphia Freedom Festival commission, Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib’s exhibition at Locks Gallery is a Critics’ Pick on Artforum, and much more.
Pew Fellow Afaa Michael Weaver has received the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a $100,000 award given annually by Claremont Graduate University.
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.
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.
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.
Dancer, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.
Naomi Beckwith is a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, known for recognizing artists whose practices are social, participatory, and communal.
Noted abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski is known for his richly colored and intimately scaled paintings.
Ralph Lemon is the artistic director of Cross Performance, as well an award-winning dancer, choreographer, writer, and visual artist.
Equilateral, a novel by Pew Fellow Ken Kalfus, was chosen by The Daily Beast as its 2013 Novel of the Year.
Lee is the publisher at Corollary Press and author of the poetry collections Underground National, That Gorgeous Feeling, and Solar Maximum, forthcoming from Futurepoem Press.
Richard Evans is co-founder and president of EmcArts, a New York City firm that works to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
New Paradise Laboratories built this new Web-based engagement tool, which invites audiences to participate and collaborate with theater artists online.
Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.
Scholar, writer, and curator Helen Molesworth is the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Makihara’s performance work blends percussion with dance-like body movement, exercising a rigorous, systematic, and practiced process of experimentation and repetition.
Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of the Urban Bush Women, is professor of dance at Florida State University, and directs the Urban Bush Women summer institute.
Feasley is a self-described “landscape painter” whose work tends to be small-scale and intimate—supernatural scenes painted in rich, saturated colors that result in a hybrid of abstract and figurative art.
Dan Byers is the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Carnegie Museum of Art, and co-curator of the 2013 Carnegie International.
Valerie Cassel Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She has organized numerous exhibitions that have earned national and international acclaim.
FringeArts presents the Philadelphia premieres of the second and third works in a trilogy by world-renowned experimental theater artist Romeo Castellucci at its 2013 and 2014 festivals.
In 2003 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 63 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Founded in 1982, Choral Arts Philadelphia has performed nearly 300 works by more than 100 composers.