Romi Crawford

Romi Crawford is an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was previously the curator and director of Education and Public Programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and from 2000–06 she was director of the Visiting Artists Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Crawford founded the Crawford and Sloan Gallery, where she curated exhibits such as Group Retrospective: Selected African-American Photographers 1973–1993 and Urban Style Politics. Her research revolves primarily around the topic of race and its relation to American visual and popular culture. Over the years she has received several grants to conduct research on the 19th-century Native American and African-American sculptress Edmonia Lewis. Her work on early 20th-century African American and Jewish “race films” has led to a broader consideration of en-ghettoed art practice in the United States.

Crawford has published in Art Journal, Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Film and Video Artists, Black Light/White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art, and Frequency. She currently sits on the Exhibition and Diversity Practices Committees for the College Art Association. She served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2013 and an exhibitions panelist in 2009 and 2011.


This month’s Fellows news digest features photographer Zoe Strauss, multi-media artist Brent Wahl, poet Afaa Michael Weaver, poet Major Jackson, DJ King Britt, and visual artist Donald Camp—and many more.

Collaborators & Colleagues

WNYC radio producer John Schaefer hosts Soundcheck, a show featuring daily live music and criticism, and was the first to be profiled in the Center’s American Impresario series.

Grants & Grantees

Albert C. Barnes founded The Barnes Foundation in 1922 in Merion, Pennsylvania, to house his growing collection of modern art, African sculpture, and metalwork.

A contemporary restaging plan will be developed to showcase the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s 1947 Better Philadelphia Exhibition—a pivotal historic project that helped define the future of urban redevelopment.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art traced the influence of Marcel Duchamp on the dance, music, and visual artwork of these four equally protean figures.

Grants & Grantees

Visual artist and Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio talks about the relationship between artistic practice and “the local.”

The oldest art museum and school in the United States—founded in 1805—the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts includes among its notable faculty and alumni Mary Cassatt and David Lynch.

The James A. Michener Art Museum conducted research for a retrospective exhibition on the work of designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931–87).

Founded in 1910, International House Philadelphia (IHP) presents cultural programs in the areas of music, exhibitions, and cinema—the latter being its flagship program.

Katharina Grosse and Carlos Basualdo will talk about Grosse’s psychylustro, a series of installations installed at seven locations between 30th Street and North Philadelphia stations.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Fiach Mac Conghail has led the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, as director and CEO since 2005.