Richard Torchia

1994 Pew Fellow

Richard Torchia has been the director of Arcadia University Art Gallery since 1997, where he has organized solo exhibitions for Ai Weiwei, Francis Cape, Olafur Eliasson, Donald Moffett, William Larson and Kay Rosen, among many others. In addition to ongoing publishing and writing projects, since 1990 he has maintained an artistic practice employing the camera obscura as a means to develop site-specific installations, most recently at Wave Hill (Bronx, New York) and Evergreen House (Johns Hopkins University). Torchia’s works are included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the library of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Marquee, a permanent public work realized in collaboration with Greenhouse Media (Aaron Igler and Matt Suib) opened in the fall of 2011. At Arcadia, Torchia organized the Center-funded exhibition, Pati Hill: Photocopier—the first comprehensive survey of Hill’s works on paper, on view February 25 - April 24, 2016. Torchia’s interest in the photocopier as an artist’s tool goes back to his first curatorial project, a 1983 group survey for the Princeton Art Museum.


Grants & Grantees

Bartram’s Garden was the home of John Bartram, a Quaker farmer with a lifelong fascination with botany. Today the 45-acre garden is a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

A multidisciplinary cohort of artists will consider how SAADA’s materials can inform new works that grapple with questions of identity and belonging, and create a platform for overlooked histories.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cynthia Lee is the former curator and director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City. gives us a sneak preview of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s upcoming Center-funded project with Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse, which will make Philadelphians’ daily commutes more colorful.

The Village of Arts and Humanities supports the voices and aspirations of the community and inspires people to be agents of positive change through programs that encompass arts and culture, engage youth, revitalize community, preserve heritage, and respect the environment.

Muslim Voices of Philadelphia, an oral history media project that explores the rich and diverse history of Muslim communities in the Philadelphia region, is being screened at Bryn Mawr College.

The Galleries at Moore chief curator Kaytie Johnson talks with us about new audience engagement strategies, the importance of making education a participatory experience, and her vision for The Galleries in the years to come.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lynne Ireland is deputy director at the Nebraska State Historical Society, and is the former chair of the Council of the American Association for State and Local History.

Development of a preservation plan considered Fleisher Art Memorial’s historic buildings on Catharine Street in South Philadelphia.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Benjamin Filene is associate professor and director of public history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and co-editor of Letting Go? Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.

Grants & Grantees

Eileen Beff is a visual artist and 1994 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Basekamp is a loose collective of artists and attenuated artist networks that produces, manages, and stewards projects outside of the art market and established arts institutions.