Pew Fellowships in the Arts at 25

action is primary, Meg Foley, 2016. Photo by Tasha Doremus.

In 2017, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. Since 1992, the Fellowships program has invested annually in the Philadelphia region’s most talented artists working in all disciplines. Direct financial support through unrestricted grants affords our Fellows valuable time and substantial resources to focus on artistic exploration and professional development. The Fellowships is one of the longest, continually running programs offering substantial direct support to artists. Today, the program is among the most highly regarded of its kind in the country, and has become a model for other artist-centered philanthropic initiatives.

To celebrate this milestone, the Center has created a website and a short film highlighting a quarter-century of steadfast belief in the value and impact of artists. The website includes an oral history with Center executive director Paula Marincola and Fellowships director Melissa Franklin, an evolving digital exhibition of Fellows’ work, interviews with our Fellows, and more. In the short film, filmmakers, poets, designers, theater directors, composers, and more reflect on the program’s impact on their own lives and on the region’s community of artists.

Explore the anniversary page and watch the short film at pcah.us/PewFellows25Years.>>

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Grants & Grantees

Michael Grothusen is a visual artist and a 1998 Pew Fellow.

2014 Pew Fellow and poet Thomas Devaney considers poetry an act of exploration. He answers our questions on collaboration, daydreaming, and more.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Harris Eisenstadt is a drummer, composer, and bandleader who has studied with respected names in jazz and improvised music, as well as in West African and Cuban drumming.

Grants & Grantees

Annabeth Rosen is a visual artist and ceramicist who creates elaborate sculptures that are “volcanic, beastly, catastrophic, and unnervingly funny,” as described by writer and critic Nancy Princenthal.

Grants & Grantees

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.

Grants & Grantees

In 1998 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 52 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance, the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself.

Grants & Grantees

People’s Light & Theatre Company produced the regional premiere of this production by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote.

Collaborators & Colleagues

WNYC radio producer John Schaefer hosts Soundcheck, a show featuring daily live music and criticism, and was the first to be profiled in the Center’s American Impresario series.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts underwent a major organizational and artistic expansion from June 2011 through May 2013, in order to launch a new visual arts program for its 2013 festival.

Grants & Grantees

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is a poet, critic, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Originally trained as a muralist, 2011 Pew Fellow Tim Portlock began experimenting with digital media platforms in the late ’90s.