“The hardest thing I have within my own process is balancing the visual with the ideas.”
Julie York (b. 1972) works in porcelain, glass, and plastic. Through her work, she seeks to make sense of a puzzle in her mind, selecting the appropriate pieces and logically laying them out. Her work is driven by the industrial process; she has toured manufacturing centers in China—documenting first hand the mass production of ceramic objects. That experience has fueled her creative process and reinforced her belief in research through doing, and growth through travel and experience. She hopes to continue this practice through residencies at the Kohler Art and Industry Program in Sheboygan, WI, and at the European Ceramic Center in Holland.
York has received many honors, including grants from the Independence Foundation and Canada Council for the Arts, a Leeway Window of Opportunity Award, and an Evelyn Shapiro Foundation fellowship. York’s solo shows include Swell at Fleisher Challenge and objectsymbolanguage at the Clay Studio, both in Philadelphia. She was a featured artist at “SOFA Chicago.” Her work can be found in the collections of the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred, NY, the Clay Studio, and the Burchfield Penny Art Center in Buffalo, NY.
Kukuli Velarde is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
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.
The ICA will present a film screening of The Mesh and the Circle followed by a conversation with Luís Silva and João Mourão, co-directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon.
Graphic artist Marian Bantjes talks about how embellished text can provoke engagement with the reader.
Muhsana Ali is a visual artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.
Amada Cruz on how her Hispanic heritage informs her approach to audience engagement in bilingual communities.
Framing Fraktur explores the relationship between traditional fraktur and the work of seven contemporary artists presented through two simultaneous exhibitions this spring. The exhibition will be mounted at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library, and is free and open to the public.
Lily Yeh is a sculptor and a 1992 Pew Fellow.
Kiranavali Vidyasankar is a vocalist, music teacher, and writer who comes from a lineage of legendary Carnatic (South Indian) musicians.
Musicopia hired technology and curriculum development consultants to assist in restructuring Rhythm & Rhymes, a residency program that annually reaches 300 students.
Five Acts: Chronicles of Dissent, exhibited at Marginal Utility in winter 2012, examined the ways in which social movements and dissenting individuals convey their mission.
The Barnes Foundation will screen a series of films depicting modern life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.