“Making photographs that describe human connection is the least difficult part of my artistic mission. The challenge lies in presenting the work imaginatively and provocatively; to bring an audience to a new understanding of that love.”
Lori Waselchuk’s (b. 1964) photographs of post-Katrina New Orleans and the hospice at Angola Prison in Louisiana bring us into intimate contact with these complex subjects. Captivated at an early age by news photos in LIFE magazine, Waselchuk’s work is project-based and interactive; she engages in conversation and collaboration with the people she photographs, which often leads to new and unexpected artistic directions. Grace Before Dying, her photographic documentary about the Louisiana prison hospice, generated a publication and a traveling exhibition that showed in prisons and public spaces in Philadelphia; Boise, ID; Washington, DC; and elsewhere. Waselchuk’s images have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Newsweek, Time, LIFE, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2013, she received a Leeway Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation.
With support from the Center, Waselchuk attended a National Press Photographers Association multimedia immersion workshop in May 2013, in order to learn new skills in this area. She is currently interviewing and photographing block captains in various Philadelphia neighborhoods for a new portrait and multimedia project, Them That Do, that reveals the individual and shared histories of the city’s diverse citizenry. In the spring of 2014, Waselchuk was featured in a photography exhibition at the Mainline Art Center in Haverford, PA: Humankind, which focused on social responsibility, portraiture, and the photo essay.
In this month’s Pew Fellows news, Jenny Sabin is honored with a Women in Architecture Award presented by Architectural Record, Benjamin Volta unveils a new mural, and we remember the late artist and teacher Nicholas Kripal.
Benjamin Volta (Pew Fellow, 2015) creates intricate public murals and sculptures, and works within the fields of education, restorative justice, and urban planning.
Exhibitions funded by the Center, as well as Pew Fellow Ryan Trecartin’s 55th Venice Biennale installation, made several top 10 lists in Artforum’s Best of 2013 December issue.
Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.
Eugenie Tsai is the Brooklyn Museum’s John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art.
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.
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia opened to the public in 1954 and is located in the former home of brothers Philip and Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, international dealers in rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts.
Kinan Abou-afach is a cellist, composer, and classical Arab musician born in Damascus, Syria, who performs extensively with Philadelphia Arabic cultural organization Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.
Jorge Valdivia is the Director of Performing Arts at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL. He served as a Center management panelist in 2011.
In 1992 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 visual arts, dance, and music artists in the greater Philadelphia region, including Odean Pope and Judith Schaechter.
Philip Bither has been the Walker Art Center’s senior curator of performing arts since 1997.
An actor, director, stage designer, and playwright, Thaddeus Phillips “creates visual spectacles that take audiences to new frontiers.”