“I revel in the moments of uncertainty as I close and open kilns…Throughout the process of making, I play with the ratio of beauty to grit.”
Lauren Mabry (b. 1985) is a ceramist whose “dimensional paintings,” as she describes them, play with form, texture, color, and scale. Both risky and methodical, her highly expressive, colorful work—painted with glazes she mixes from raw materials—blurs the boundaries between ceramics, abstract painting, and sculpture. A 2014 residency at Mission Clay Products in Arizona has allowed Mabry to explore large-scale painted ceramics, opening her practice to the challenges of a “canvas” that weighs nearly a ton and stands ten feet tall. In 2014, she received an Emerging Artist award from the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts, and a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Independence Foundation. Her work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; National Council on Education for Ceramic Art, Milwaukee; Harvard University; Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh; and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, among others. She holds an MFA in ceramics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Currently a resident at The Clay Studio, where she also serves on the Board of Directors, Mabry will be a resident artist this fall at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China.
Visual artist and Pew Fellow Caroline Lathan-Stiefel on creating large-scale installations from ordinary objects, work-life balance, and more.
Elisabeth Sussman is curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Most recently, she co-curated the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
PAFA presented the most comprehensive exhibition of Peter Saul’s work to date, featuring over 50 artworks spanning from 1958 to present.
The Village of Arts and Humanities supports the voices and aspirations of the community and inspires people to be agents of positive change through programs that encompass arts and culture, engage youth, revitalize community, preserve heritage, and respect the environment.
Suzanne Carbonneau is a dance writer and historian, and she directs the Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival.
André Kimo Stone Guess is an internationally respected leader with more than two decades of combined experience in arts management, finance, and nonprofit executive leadership.
Performance artist Anya Evans will present her ongoing performance piece Operation Catsuit.
This spring, the Free Library of Philadelphia is showcasing fraktur, the historical Pennsylvania German folk art style, with Framing Fraktur. This Center-funded exhibition places contemporary art, including drawings, paintings, woodblock prints, and embroideries, alongside traditional works drawn from the Library’s Rare Book Department collection.
The ICA presents Endless Shout, an interdisciplinary, multi-artist project examining the role of performance in museum spaces.
Poet and 2013 Pew Fellow Emily Abendroth’s poetry encourages readers to discover difficult truths woven into social, cultural, and physical realities.
Choreographer and Pew Fellow Merián Soto on legacy, her interest in the body and its relationship to consciousness, and more.
Visual artist Ann Hamilton leads a workshop exploring the intersection of texts and textiles in modern literature at the Free Library of Philadelphia.