“My want is to keep doing what I have been doing since my initial clay seduction: being a joyous maker of possibilities, a maker for joy’s sake.”
Self-proclaimed “mud man” William Daley has been a leading figure in the field of ceramics for close to 60 years. Now in his eighties, he is creating some of the strongest work of his career. Through his large-scale vessels, which he refers to as “Vesicas,” Daley explores geometry, symbols and cultural icons, as well as the relationship of interior and exterior. Daley’s exhibition history dates back to the 1950s and his works have been included in numerous collections at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Art of the Smithsonian Institution. A former prisoner of war in World War II, Daley received his art education through the G.I. Bill and has spent decades teaching others, both inside the classroom and at lectures, workshops, and symposia around the world. Daley says his desire is to continue honing his craft and exploring further, “being a joyous maker of possibilities, a maker for joy’s sake.”
Two highly respected curators, Helen Molesworth and Paul Schimmel, describe how they see the relationship between curating and historiography.
Linh Dinh is a poet and a 1993 Pew Fellow.
Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.
In a video produced by the Guardian, Tacita Dean describes her epic search for Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, the core of her quest to complete her film, JG.
Thomas Devaney (Pew Fellow, 2014) considers poetry an act of exploration. His work is a lyric evocation of, and meditation upon, remembered people, places, his native city of Philadelphia, and the passage of time.
Gabriel Martinez is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.
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.
First Person Arts prototyped a project which brought together diverse groups of people to create “museum exhibitions” that documented their lives.
Song ErRui, the daughter of artists Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen, talks about her contribution to her parents’ exhibition, “The Way of Chopsticks,” her life as a young artist, and artistic collaboration.
Mural Arts and SEPTA’s “Love Train,” featuring Stephen Powers’ Center-funded Love Letter project, received national media coverage from news outlets including CNN and MSNBC.
Harold Wolpert is the managing director of Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City.
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region.