Tiona McClodden

2016 Pew Fellow

1/5: Tiona McClodden, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/5: Tiona McClodden, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
3/5: Tiona McClodden’s Be Alarmed: Movement III, The Deities, Three Months/Ori-Details. Photo courtesy of the artist.
4/5: Film still of Tiona McClodden’s KILO Iba Se 99, 2015. Photo courtesy of the artist.
5/5: Tiona McClodden’s Be Alarmed: The Etymology of a Surname. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“I’m always trying to avoid a comfortable place of art production while retaining the rigor and execution needed to present new media art experiences.”

Tiona McClodden (b. 1981) is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work explores elements of gender, race, historical archives, and social change, driven by an interest in, she says, “contemporary renderings of the works of underrepresented figures in Black American history.” McClodden’s interdisciplinary approach traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture, and sound installations. In her most recent exhibition, Dreaming of Kin (2016) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, McClodden charted her personal and familial biography. In 2015, she created Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements For Essex, an online project for Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art, commemorating poet and 1993 Pew Fellow Essex Hemphill on the 20th anniversary of his death. Her 2008 film black./womyn received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Philadelphia Qfest and has been screened at film festivals around the country. The recipient of a Leeway Foundation Transformation Award and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, McClodden has had her work shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Kansai Queer Film Festival in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan; and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, among others.


Grants & Grantees

Jay Kirk is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

“My thinking as a curator has been informed by ‘other lives’ that I’ve been fortunate to live and I continue to think about exhibitions from the perspective of what’s new that can be brought to the table.”

Grants & Grantees

Pasión y Arte is an all-female dance company that creates challenging and original modern flamenco works.

This project will pose the question: What does a 21st-century urban monument look like? The centerpiece of this exploration will be a temporary monument designed by the late, award-winning artist Terry Adkins.

Poet and Pew Fellow Ryan Eckes on his desire to “write toward another way of living,” why he chooses to work and live in Philadelphia, the books on his bedside table, and more.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening, and learning.

Grants & Grantees

Choreographer Nichole Canuso and her ensemble will engage in an interdisciplinary discovery process with an oral historian, a writer, and a vocal teacher to develop new performance techniques that integrate movement, voice, and personal history.

Integrating contemporary art within the Mütter Museum’s approach to medical humanities interpretation, an exhibition plan will be developed to focus on the centennial of Philadelphia’s influenza pandemic.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Michael Orlove currently serves as the director of artist communities and presenting & multidisciplinary works for the National Endowment for the Arts and has responsibility over the NEA’s international programs.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Composer Jace Clayton, also known as DJ /rupture, uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on the global South.

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The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents a poetry reading by Natalie Shapero, who will discuss her writing process as it relates to themes presented in habitus.