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.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Claudia Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and Nothing in Nature is Private, which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize.

Four films commissioned by Scribe Video Center through its Center-funded project, The Great Migration, will be screened at the 2016 BlackStar Film Festival.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Rose Sherman joined the Minnesota Historical Society in 1999 as director of enterprise technology.

Lauren Mabry unveils new ceramic works at The Clay Studio, David Scott Kessler screens his film The Pine Barrens, and The Wall Street Journal reviews Bo Bartlett’s exhibition at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.

Questions of Practice

Tacita Dean shares her thoughts about the making of her film JG in advance of its international debut at Arcadia University Art Gallery.

Grants & Grantees

Kim Arrow is a dance artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

The major repository of the art of three generations of Wyeths (H.C, Andy, and Jamie), and steward of hundreds of acres of land where the artists worked, the Brandywine Museum is a national treasure.

The first film series on this scale dedicated to the sexual revolution, Free to Love will present more than 40 commercial and underground films, along with lectures and discussions, over a period of a month.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Mark Allen is founder and executive director of Machine Project, a multidisciplinary neighborhood arts collaborative in Los Angeles.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kiranavali Vidyasankar is a vocalist, music teacher, and writer who comes from a lineage of legendary Carnatic (South Indian) musicians.

On Monday, June 13, 2016, we announced and honored the 2016 grantees of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with a celebration at Christ Church Neighborhood House.

A series of pilot projects will evaluate which interpretive stories, themes, and methods most successfully engage today’s audiences with the Arch Street Meeting House—a National Historic Landmark and Philadelphia’s first burial ground—and will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about Quaker history.