“I’m interested in the juxtaposition of contemporary images with historical language, how images from the past exist in the present.”
Since earning her M.A. in English/creative writing from Temple University in 1998, Pattie McCarthy (b. 1971) has established herself as a serious and ambitious young poet with a strong sense of language and tradition. She has published three books with Apogee Press: bk of (h)rs (2002); Verso (2004); and Table Alphabetical of Hard Words (2010), an intimate book-length poem sequence concerned with etymology and history. Speaking to her ongoing experiments with language and narrative, McCarthy says, “I strive to create work that actively involves the reader, that is skeptical and inquiring, equal parts intellectual and emotional acuity.” Her book Marybones—a meditative, wide-ranging exploration of various historical, cultural, and fictional Marys, e.g. the Virgin Mary, Mary Queen of Scots, plus Marys from the Salem Witch Trials, the Mayflower, and elsewhere—was published in December 2012 by Apogee Press. Her interest in the figure of Mary stems from her formative years at a Catholic girls’ school. “Images of Mary are a kind of vernacular visual language for me,” she says. “[They] formed a first consciousness of the representation and form given to women in art, and gave me a shape of motherhood in art—the only one I would see for many years.” McCarthy wrote in residence at Nova Scotia’s Elizabeth Bishop House in summer 2013, where she worked on a long poem called “Wifthing” (an archaic word, pronounced wife-thing), that touches on the history of domesticity and the notion of the wife.
This project allowed Cliveden to adaptively re-use Upsala (a historic home on the site of Cliveden) for office space and community programming.
2014 Pew Fellow and poet Thomas Devaney considers poetry an act of exploration. He answers our questions on collaboration, daydreaming, and more.
Greg Osby (Pew Fellow, 2012) has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz over the past 20 years, leading his own ensembles and performing with musical icons such as Dizzy Gillespie.
In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.
The Library Company of Philadelphia hosts an opening reception for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind.
Painted Bride Art Center commissioned three-time Obie Award-winning writer, director, and actor Ain Gordon to unearth a “forgotten” story from Philadelphia’s past for a new play.
Sarah McEneaney is a painter and a 1993 Pew Fellow.
We speak with Xavier—2013 Pew Fellow, hip-hop dancer, and Post-it aficionado—whose recent work The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance was hailed by Dance Magazine as “artful and mesmerizing.”
William Smith is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.
Eileen Beff is a visual artist and 1994 Pew Fellow.
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.