Michael Grothusen

1998 Pew Fellow

This month’s Pew Fellows news highlights include a new opera from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, a Hodder Fellowship through Princeton University for set designer and theater artist Matt Saunders, and new exhibition works by artists Tim Portlock, Jane Irish, Alex Da Corte, and more.

Dancer, choreographer, and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.

The Invisible City project consists of extensive oral history research, conducted with artists, critics, and curators active in the city’s little-known avant-garde visual arts community of the 1960s and 1970s.

This project takes a novel approach to city planning, using theater and the arts to inform an eventual plan of action to revitalize Chester’s historic Deshong Park.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s partnership with United States Artists (USA) allows Pew Fellows to participate in USA’s unique online fundraising platform to raise money and awareness about upcoming projects.

Grants & Grantees

In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

John Blake, Jr., a jazz violinist and 2010 Pew Fellow, passed away on August 15, 2014.

2013 Pew Fellow J. Louise Makary’s works on film combine dance, still photography, and experimental techniques, introducing unexpected, challenging elements into traditional narrative structure.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Nato Thompson is chief curator at Creative Time. He served as a Center panelist (2008) and evaluator (2010), and contributed to the Center’s Pigeons on the Grass, Alas series.

Grants & Grantees

Hilary Harp is a sculptor and installation artist, and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

This exhibition of contemporary art by seven artists serves as the complement to another exhibition of the library’s outstanding collection of Fraktur: Pennsylvania German folk artworks from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Grants & Grantees

InterAct Theater Company began strategic and business planning processes in order to pursue new areas of programming focused on collaboration with other theaters.