Kristy Edmunds is the executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. She is recognized for innovation and depth in the presentation of works by contemporary artists, with a particular emphasis on contemporary performing arts. She began serving as artistic and executive director of the UCLA Live performance series in 2011, and has worked as the consulting artistic director for the newly formed Park Avenue Armory in New York since 2009. Edmunds was instrumental in founding the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and its TBA Festival (Time Based Art) in Oregon in 1995. She later served as artistic director for the Melbourne International Arts Festival from 2005–08, and was the first to serve an unprecedented four year term. Edmunds was the Center’s Pew Fellowships panel chair in 2012 and 2013. In late 2015, she concluded her 18-month tenure as the Center’s Visiting Scholar and “catalyst in residence.”
Matthew Cox, a 2008 Pew Fellow, creates psychologically charged figurative paintings that are technically ambitious as well as visually intriguing.
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.
In 1996 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 28 dance and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Bobby Zankel is a musician and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Designer Jenny Sabin’s PolyMorph is on display in France and bandleader Marshall Allen performs at Lincoln Center on October 5, 2013.
The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance, the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself.
In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, The Philadelphia Inquirer celebrates ten years of Martha Graham Cracker, the alter ego of theater artist Dito van Reigersberg. Poet Major Jackson has published a new book with W.W. Norton & Company, and visual artist Gabriel Martinez opens a solo show at The Print Center this fall. DJ King Britt and performance artist Kate Watson-Wallace will co-curate a new music series as part of the 2015 Fringe Festival in September.
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will devise a plan to enhance organizational decision-making with regards to the restoration, decommissioning, or replacing of works from its collection of over 3,600 murals.
Equilateral, a novel by Pew Fellow Ken Kalfus, was chosen by The Daily Beast as its 2013 Novel of the Year.
Chay Yew joined Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in July 2011 as its first new artistic director in 34 years.
2014 Pew Fellow Brent Wahl reflects on how Barbara Kasten’s Construct works helped him “make some sense of the forces of the postmodern climate of the 1980s.”
Frank Sherlock (Pew Fellow, 2013) views poetry as a call to action and a tool for encouraging interactions and conversations within public spaces.