“I believe that poetry, and perhaps every creative gesture, is an act of discovery. As such, it depends more on the map than the traveler.”
Travis Macdonald (b. 1980) questions authorship with poems that are lively and whimsical without being frivolous, and which offer critique and reflection of the contemporary moment. “My current artistic concerns surround the creation and application of poetic procedures onto, into, and around language,” he says. “These procedures can be both generative and manipulative.” In works such as The O Mission Repo, which is created from The 9/11 Commission Report, Macdonald sets out “with an eye towards sculptural reconstruction through reduction, [creating] a parallel narrative that is both reflective of, and independent of the original form.” In addition to his writing, Macdonald is the co-founder and co-editor of Fact-Simile Editions, a Philadelphia micro-press dedicated to publishing works of contemporary poetry that use mostly reclaimed or recycled materials. He received his M.F.A. from Naropa University in 2007.
Pew Fellow Matthew Mitchell’s compositions address intersections and cross-pollination among various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music.
Since 1980, Susan Hess Modern Dance has sought to grow the audience for contemporary dance and support independent dance artists in the Philadelphia community.
Neysa Grassi is a painter and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
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.
Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes hosts a discussion about her artistic and curatorial process, in conjunction with the exhibition Common Touch.
Lee Tusman is an independent curator based in Philadelphia whose projects straddle the intersection of ideas that are socially-based and urban in nature, with a focus on contemporary new media.
Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.
Bob Perelman is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
Julie Carr is the author of several books of poetry, co-publisher of Counterpath Press, and a 2011 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania engaged stakeholder and community groups to determine how its historic building could better serve its primary constituents.