“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.
In 2008, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Neysa Grassi is a painter and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
Eleone Dance Theatre is a Philadelphia-based troupe dedicated to dance that celebrates intergenerational and multicultural themes.
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.
Mytili Jagannathan is a poet and a 2002 Pew Fellow.
Born in Venezuela, Kotain works with various Philadelphia-area nonprofit cultural organizations to teach others about his Arab and Latin musical traditions.
Christian Michel is a painter and a 1993 Pew Fellow.
Visual artist and 2014 Pew Fellow Brent Wahl works primarily in photography and time-based mediums, transforming everyday materials and detritus into mesmerizing compositions.
Michael Olszewski is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
Charlotte Ford is a Philadelphia-based theater artist who creates slapstick performance art.
After dancing as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1984 to 1993, and the White Oak Dance Project from 1994 to 1996, Patricia Lent teaches, stages, and conducts workshops at the Merce Cunningham Trust, where she is a Trustee and Director of Licensing.
Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.
Vera Nakonechny, 2008 Pew Fellow, has been named a 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow.
In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
In 2010, Laura Hoptman rejoined the curatorial staff at the Museum of Modern Art as curator of the department of painting and sculpture.
In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble worked with contemporary choreographer Ronald K. Brown in an extended residency to develop new approaches to its work.
Poet and Pew Fellow Catie Rosemurgy’s wry and sharply imagined poems investigate the layered natures of identity, history, and narrative.
Swenbeck is a 2013 Pew Fellow and visual artist, and his fascination with the macabre has filtered into his idiosyncratic sculptures, paintings, photographs, and installations.
Dancer, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.
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.
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.
Janet Pilla reconstructed, documented, and performed the 30-minute solo The Farewell, Pauline Koner’s iconic tribute to Doris Humphrey.