Jenny Sabin

2010 Pew Fellow

1/10: Jenny Sabin, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/10: Jenny Sabin, Body Blanket, 2005. Photo courtesy of the artist.
3/10: Jenny Sabin, Body Blanket, 2005. Photo courtesy of the artist.
4/10: Jenny Sabin, Fourier Carpet, 2006. Photo courtesy of the artist.
5/10: Jenny Sabin, Ground Substance, 2009. Photo courtesy of the artist.
6/10: Jenny Sabin, Ground Substance, 2009. Photo courtesy of the artist.
7/10: Jenny Sabin, Branching Morphogenesis, 2008. Photo courtesy of the artist.
8/10: Jenny Sabin, Branching Morphogenesis, 2008. Photo courtesy of the artist.
9/10: The Greenhouse Projects installation at the American Philosophical Society Museum, designed by architect and 2010 Pew Fellow Jenny Sabin. Photo courtesy of the American Philosophical Society Museum.
10/10: The Greenhouse Projects installation at the American Philosophical Society Museum, designed by architect and 2010 Pew Fellow Jenny Sabin. Photo courtesy of the American Philosophical Society Museum.


“My work engages the human body in the material realm at the point the seemingly intangible is made readily accessible to diverse audiences. It focuses on the contextual, material, and formal intersections between art, architecture, textile tectonics, and biology.”

“Looking to nature for design inspiration is not a new idea,” says architect and designer Jenny Sabin. Sabin’s work, however, is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st-century architectural practice—one that investigates the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures. Sabin is the co-founder and co-director of Sabin+Jones LabStudio, a hybrid research and design unit at the University of Pennsylvania, where architects, mathematicians, scientists, and cell biologists collaborate to analyze living biological systems and develop new insights into ecological design in architecture. Her design work, already on a radically different scale from others in the field, is extremely relevant during a time of environmental crisis, when energy conservation and optimization are major global concerns. In fall 2011, Sabin designed a large-scale, environmentally-sophisticated greenhouse for the American Philosophical Society Museum’s The Greenhouse Projects, which was made possible with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

References

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jan Howard was appointed curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2000.

Collaborators & Colleagues

John Dias is a respected dramaturg with extensive experience working on a broad range of new plays and classics, and the artistic director of the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ.

Grants & Grantees

In 1995 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 23 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Homer Jackson is a visual artist, performance artist, and a 1998 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Classically trained on the harp since age 11, Mary Lattimore (Pew Fellow, 2014) incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music, thereby extending the conventions of her instrument.

Grants & Grantees

The Curtis Institute of Music is offering a new independent study course to its students, designed to aid gifted young musicians in creating innovative approaches to classical music performance.

A new play by Kira Obolensky demonstrated how family stories are passed on through generations.

Questions of Practice

In 2017, the Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, with a lively website and short film highlighting a quarter-century of steadfast belief in the value and impact of artists.

Grants & Grantees

In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jens Hoffmann is the deputy director for exhibitions and public programs at The Jewish Museum in New York City.

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