“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.
Dr. Ian Bogost is a video game designer, critic, and researcher. In fall 2012, he visited the Center as part of a series on “gamification” in the arts and culture sector.
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening, and learning.
On May 3, 2010, two of contemporary visual arts’ most distinguished figures visited the Center for a compelling conversation addressing the practice of painting, the making of painting exhibitions, and the relationship between the two.
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.
Christopher Bursk is a poet and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
Guillaume Pirard is a violinist who is a founding member of the chamber orchestra The Knights.
Kemi Ilesanmi of The Laundromat Project talks with us about the impact of organizational values on community practice.
Todd Noe is a sculptor and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
The Barnes Foundation presents a series of artist lectures and gallery talks.
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is widely known for giving artists exhibitions at critical points in their careers.
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.