Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers’ art frequently references African American ethnography, hip-hop music, Buddhism, African spirituality, Indo-European Vodoun, Jazz, Afrofuturism, urban culture, and icons from Americana. His installations, videos, and performances have appeared in national and international venues, including the Tate Modern, London; Performa 07, the Performance Art Biennial, NY; and the Whitney Biennial. His awards include the American Academy in Berlin Prize, Greenfield Prize, Creative Capital Project Grant, Art Matters Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Award, and many more. Biggers is assistant professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program and a board member of Sculpture Center, Soho House, and the CUE Foundation. He served as a Center Pew Fellowships panelist in 2009.


Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes hosts a discussion about her artistic and curatorial process, in conjunction with the exhibition Common Touch.

The Penn Institute for Urban Research develops knowledge in three critical areas: innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable and inclusive 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jeffrey Horowitz, founding artistic director of Brooklyn’s Theatre for a New Audience, began his career in theater as an actor on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater.

This month in Fellows Friday news: Jamaaladeen Tacuma has been named as a 2014 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow in residence, the 2013 Pew Fellow poets read at San Francisco State University, and much more.

Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher leads a workshop exploring creative reflection in conjunction with the Center-funded Elephants on the Avenue, presented by Historic Germantown.

As part of her Carnegie International project, Zoe Strauss is taking portraits of the residents of Homestead, PA. Plus, news on Brian Phillips, Frank Sherlock, Kinan Abou-Afach, Matthew Cox, Jay Kirk, and more.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

1812 Productions produced two shows in repertory, a first for the all-comedy theater company.

Collaborators & Colleagues

lê thị diễm thúy is a Vietnamese-American author, poet, and performance artist whose work explores the role of the body as the site of memory.

Grants & Grantees

In 1998 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 52 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Tom Schorgl has been president and CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture since its inception in 1997.

One of the few cemeteries to be designated as a National Historic Landmark, Laurel Hill Cemetery will rebuild the pedestrian entrance that once existed along its river façade, removed more than a century ago.