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.


Located outside of West Philadelphia, The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation is a 54-acre, 18th-century garden, cemetery, and mansion that offers the public one of the nation’s most architecturally sophisticated neoclassical houses from the years following the American Revolution.

Local concert promoter, writer, and DJ Sara Sherr will host two nights of “Women Who ROCK” Karaoke at Teri’s Bar in Philadelphia.

September 2015 Pew Fellows news highlights: The New York Times features exhibitions from Alex da Corte and Pepón Osorio in its “New Season” picks; Fellows such as Anthony Campuzano and Gabriel Martinez open new installations, and more.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Matana Roberts is an alto saxophonist working in various mediums of performance, including improvisation, dance, poetry, visual art, and theater.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lee Tusman is an independent curator based in Philadelphia whose projects straddle the intersection of ideas that are socially-based and urban in nature, with a focus on contemporary new media.

Musician and Pew Fellow Chris Madak on artistic motivation, the notion of “perfection,” and more.

Grants & Grantees

In 2002 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

William Williams is a photographer and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Made up of over 100 local Quaker Meeting communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Maryland, the Arch Street Meeting House is a regional hub for the Quaker community.

The new web-based publication In Terms of Performance provokes dialogue, debate, and discovery in an anthology of keywords designed to generate shared literacies.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Gilbert Vicario is senior curator and division head for curatorial affairs at the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents a poetry reading by Natalie Shapero, who will discuss her writing process as it relates to themes presented in habitus.