Thomas Nozkowski

Thomas Nozkowski. Photo courtesy of

“A great curator, I think, makes a new kind of history.”

Noted abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski is known for his richly colored and intimately scaled paintings. After receiving a BFA from The Cooper Union Art School, he began exhibiting in group shows in 1973 and made his solo debut in 1979. By 1982, the Museum of Modern Art in New York had acquired a painting from an early one-person exhibition for their permanent collection. To date, Nozkowski’s paintings have been featured in more than 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, including over 70 solo shows, at places like the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Ludwig Museum in Germany, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. In 2007, Nozkowski’s works were included in Robert Storr’s exhibition at the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind—Art in the Present Tense. Among his many honors are four awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

In May 2010, Nozkowski and distinguished curator Robert Storr participated in a live conversation at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage during which they addressed the practice of painting, the making of painting exhibitions, and the relationship between the two.


Questions of Practice

For Shelf Life, the Center invited artists, curators, and designers to use the books in our library for curated displays on subjects of their choosing.

Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company of Philadelphia is America’s oldest cultural institution and was once the largest public library in America, until the Civil War.

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver publishes a new book of poetry, visual artist Alex Da Corte’s video installation Blue Moon is projected on Times Square billboards, and filmmaker Cheryl Hess receives a 2016 Tribeca Documentary Grant.

Grants & Grantees

Jenas Osman is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

We speak to visual artist Tim Portlock, whose current body of work explores the dialogue between place and the formation of identity.

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy manages the largest and oldest public art program in the country, while The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia seeks to improve quality of life for all Philadelphians by facilitating collaborations between the city’s public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Grants & Grantees

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel is a theater artist, director of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Internationally recognized artist Cai Guo-Qiang will energize the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with an interactive public artwork of 27 “fireflies”—luminous, kinetic sculptures inspired by Chinese pedicycles—which the many daily Parkway visitors can experience in motion as carriage passengers, pedestrians, and motorists.

Grants & Grantees

Piffaro’s Music in New Spain project explored music resulting from Spain’s encounter with indigenous civilizations in Central and South America during its 16th-century imperial expansion.

Grants & Grantees

Jones is a movement performance artist who intertwines personal history, diasporic movement, social commentary, and interdisciplinary methods, drawing from, in her words, “the individual and collective lived experiences of blackness.”

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jim Nicola has been the artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop since 1988.