Micah Danges

2015 Pew Fellow

1/5: Micah Danges, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/5: Micah Danges, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
3/5: Micah Danges, Bathroom Scene, 2013, unique pigment print, museum board, enamel paint, aluminum, 16.5” x 19.75”.
4/5: Micah Danges, Two Towels (Blue, Green), 2013, photograph printed on silk, foam, 42.5” x 63.5.”
5/5: Micah Danges, Untitled (Window, Plant), 2014, acrylic, unique pigment print, aluminum, museum Board, 17” x 20”, part of errata at Vox Populi Gallery.

“I don’t want the viewer to reach out and touch the work, but I want them to want to.”

Micah Danges’ (b. 1979) work hovers between image and object, pushing the limit of what a photograph can be. He uses optical distortions that create abstract scenes from everyday items and places, in a distinctive merging of materials and process. For Danges, who prints on unconventional materials like silk and cotton, photography is a flexible and tactile medium. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial and Vox Populi Gallery, and in group shows at London’s Tate Modern and Philadelphia’s Institute for Contemporary Art, The Print Center, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, and the University of the Arts’ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Danges is the recipient of a 2013 Wind Challenge Grant from the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, and a 2012 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship.


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An opening reception for Prisons Today, an interactive exhibition that sheds light on the current state of incarceration in America.

Questions of Practice

For Shelf Life, the Center invited artists, curators, and designers to use the books in our library for curated displays on subjects of their choosing.

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Grants & Grantees

Charles Burwell (Pew Fellow, 2008) creates abstract paintings, often times on a large scale, which are formally rigorous and visually stimulating.

Founded in 1973, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to providing every Pennsylvanian with access to the humanities.

Grants & Grantees

The overall intent of my work is to develop a visual myth about the build up and aftermath of war.

Grants & Grantees

AP Gorny is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958–1968, a film by 1997 Pew Fellow Glenn Holsten, had its world premiere in Philadelphia in the fall of 2010 at the University of the Arts.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of participatory sites created through the large-scale, multi-part project, Philadelphia Assembled.

In an effort to deepen visitors’ curiosity about the arboretum’s plants, architecture, and history, the Morris Arboretum will develop mobile technology that provides instant access to a wide variety of content.

Grants & Grantees

In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.