Su Friedrich’s films combine elements of narrative, documentary, and experimental styles of film-making and often focus on the roles of women, family, and homosexuality in contemporary America. From the onset of her career in the late 1970s, Friedrich has been a leading figure in avant-garde film-making and a pivotal force in the establishment of queer cinema. Her films have won many awards, including the Grand Prix at the Melbourne Film Festival and Outstanding Documentary at Outfest. Friedrich has received fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, and ITVS. In 1995 she received the Cal Arts/Alpert Award. She currently teaches film and video production at Princeton University. She was a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2009.
Dancer, choreographer, and 2013 Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes hip-hop techniques from the street to the stage and tells the autobiographical story defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.
Fleisher Art Memorial is a community arts organization dedicated to the ideal that people of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds have a right to experience art.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s current playwriting project is a Center-funded commission for Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, based on Don Juan Returns from the War.
A world premiere, music-theater work by playwright Colman Domingo and directed by Patricia McGregor will offer a fresh perspective on the artistic legacy of vocalist and jazz pianist Nat “King” Cole by bringing to light both his on- and off-stage personas, as well as telling the story behind the 1957 demise of his groundbreaking national television variety show amidst America’s growing civil rights movement.
Guillaume Pirard is a violinist who is a founding member of the chamber orchestra The Knights.
James Mills is a visual artist and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
Laurence Salzmann is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.
Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.
W Magazine commissions visual artist Ryan Trecartin to create cover art for its 10th anniversary art issue, visual artist Caroline Lathan-Stiefel opens a new solo exhibition at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, and more.
Raphael Xavier and Eileen Neff receive Guggenheim Fellowships, exhibitions by visual artists Alex Da Corte and Ryan Trecartin make a splash in national venues, and Tania Isaac and Meg Foley each present new dance works in Philadelphia.
Daniel Heyman’s (Pew Fellow, 2009) works on paper capture the images and words of Iraqi torture victims from facilities like Abu Ghraib.
Choreographer and Pew Fellow Merián Soto on legacy, her interest in the body and its relationship to consciousness, and more.