The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s Pew Fellow Artist Residencies

Outside of the Ucross Foundation, one of four artist residency programs included in The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s consortium, forged with the assistance of the Alliance of Artist Communities. Photo by D’Arcy Fallon.

Since 2011, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has provided recent Pew Fellows with opportunities to take sojourns outside of the Philadelphia area, for residencies intended to push their artistic practice and expand their horizons. The Pew Fellows selected for these residencies find themselves in new surroundings—creative communities that nurture artistic expression and exploration, located in California, Alberta, and under the big sky of Wyoming—thanks to a partnership between the Center, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and three North American artist residency programs. An additional partnership with the MacDowell Colony, a renowned community and residency program rooted in artistic excellence, also gives one Pew Fellow each year the opportunity to spend time as The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellow in Residence at one of the oldest and most prestigious residency programs in the country.

In an effort to connect Pew Fellows with resources both inside and outside the region, the Center worked with Caitlin Strokosh, executive director of the Alliance of Artist Communities, to identify residency programs with interdisciplinary focuses and facilities. According to Pew Fellowships Director Melissa Franklin, it was important to offer Pew Fellows a group of residencies that were all very different: “These residency programs accommodate artists practicing in all disciplines, in keeping with the multidisciplinary scope of the fellowships. They represent a diverse group of creative communities and the working environment each offers is very different, reflecting the wide variety of artists that we support.” The resulting consortium is made up of the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA; and the Ucross Foundation in northeast Wyoming.

These artist residencies are meant to extend the Center’s relationship with Pew Fellows beyond the given time period of their awards and contribute to a long-term impact on their work. The invaluable time to work diligently in new spaces and to network with artists from other areas has the potential to impact the trajectory of a Pew Fellow’s career, opening up possibilities for new creative discoveries, which these artists can then bring home for a future impact on the Philadelphia region. “I had such an amazing and productive time,” said musician Greg Osby (2012 Pew Fellow), speaking of his 2013 retreat to the Ucross Foundation in northeast Wyoming. “The change of environment did wonders for my creative flow and I now recognize the value of getting away.”

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s artist residency program was featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Trust, the official magazine of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

2016 Pew Fellow Artist Residencies Awarded

1/3: Mary Lattimore, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/3: Brian Teare, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
3/3: Bhob Rainey, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

Mary Lattimore (2014, Music) – Headlands Center for the Arts
Bhob Rainey (2013, Music) – The Banff Centre
Merián Soto (2015, Dance) – Ucross Foundation
Brian Teare (2015, Literature) – MacDowell Colony

2015 Pew Fellow Artist Residencies Awarded

1/5: Jumatatu Poe, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/5: Laynie Browne, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
3/5: Thomas Devaney, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
4/5: J.C. Todd, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
5/5: Ted Passon, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

Laynie Browne (2014, Literature) – MacDowell Colony
Thomas Devaney (2014, Literature) – The Banff Centre
Ted Passon (2014, Media Arts) – Headlands Center for the Arts
Jumatatu Poe (2012, Dance) – 18th Street Arts Center
J. C. Todd (2014, Literature) – Ucross Foundation

2014 Pew Fellow Artist Residencies Awarded

1/5: J. Louise Makary, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/5: Paul Swenbeck, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
3/5: Sueyeun Juliette Lee, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
4/5: Raphael Xavier, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
5/5: Emily Abendroth, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

Emily Abendroth (2013, Literature) – Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell Colony
Sueyeun Juliette Lee (2013, Poetry) – Ucross Foundation
J. Louise Makary (2013, Media Arts) – 18th Street Arts Center
Paul Swenbeck (2013, Visual Art) – The Banff Centre
Raphael Xavier (2013, Dance) – MacDowell Colony

2013 Pew Fellow Artist Residencies Awarded

1/5: Kara Crombie, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/5: Dan Blacksberg, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
3/5: CAConrad, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
4/5: Chris Forsyth, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
5/5: Tim Portlock, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

Dan Blacksberg (2012, Music) – Ucross Foundation
CAConrad (2011, Literature) – MacDowell Colony
Kara Crombie (2010, Visual Arts) – Headlands Center for Arts
Chris Forsyth (2011, Music) – The Banff Centre
Tim Portlock (2011, Visual Arts) – 18th Street Arts Center

2012 Pew Fellow Artist Residencies Awarded

1/7: Matthew Suib, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/7: CAConrad, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
3/7: Orrin Evans, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
4/7: Joy Feasley, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
5/7: Tania Isaac, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
6/7: Tina Morton, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
7/7: Greg Osby, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

CAConrad (2011, Literature) – MacDowell Colony
Orrin Evans (2010, Music) – Ucross Foundation
Joy Feasley (2011, Visual Arts) – 18th Street Arts Center
Tania Isaac (2011, Dance) – MacDowell Colony
Tina Morton (2010, Media) – 18th Street Arts Center
Greg Osby (2012, Music) – Ucross Foundation
Matthew Suib (2011, Visual Arts) – Headlands Center for the Arts

2011 Pew Fellow Artist Residencies Awarded

1/10: Tina Morton, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/10: Anthony Campuzano, 2009 Pew Fellow. Still from Campuzano’s Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.
3/10: CAConrad, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
4/10: Kara Crombie, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
5/10: Sarah Gamble, 2009 Pew Fellow. Still from Gamble’s Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.
6/10: Ken Kalfus, 2009 Pew Fellow. Still from Kalfus’ Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.
7/10: Robert Matthews, 2009 Pew Fellow. Still from Matthews’ Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.
8/10: Tim Portlock, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
9/10: Matthew Suib, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
10/10: Jamaaladeen Tacuma, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

Anthony Campuzano (2009, Visual Arts) – Ucross Foundation
CAConrad (2011, Literature) – Ucross Foundation
Kara Crombie (2010, Visual Arts) – MacDowell Colony
Sarah Gamble (2009, Visual Arts) – Ucross Foundation
Ken Kalfus (2009, Literature) – Ucross Foundation
Robert Matthews (2009, Visual Arts) – Ucross Foundation
Tina Morton (2010, Media) – The Banff Centre
Tim Portlock (2011, Visual Arts) – 18th Street Arts Center
Matthew Suib (2011, Visual Arts) – The Banff Centre
Jamaaladeen Tacuma (2011, Music) – Headlands Center for the Arts and MacDowell Colony

Grants & Grantees

Barbara Bullock is a painter and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer whose videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and in two Whitney Biennials.

Grants & Grantees

Jay Kirk is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Praised by The New York Times for his “alluring, emotive” work, composer Lembit Beecher creates intimate and dramatically potent musical experiences.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University explored the potential of public performance to engage the community in a dialogue around disability issues.

Grants & Grantees

In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Preservation Alliance promotes the importance and appropriate use of historic buildings and landscapes in the Philadelphia region.

John Blake, Jr., a jazz violinist and 2010 Pew Fellow, passed away on August 15, 2014.

Pew Fellow and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher leads a poetry workshop and story circle in Historic Germantown.

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel receives an Eisenhower Fellowship, The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Fatu Gayflor, Kinan Abou-afach premieres a new composition for Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Grants & Grantees

James Ijames’ (Pew Fellow, 2015) plays and devised works examine how class and gender intersect with race, drawing inspiration from historical texts, the media, and stories of his own family to deconstruct history and its established figures.

Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.