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Welcome to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. You’ll find contact and biographical information below for the artists, curators, and cultural thinkers that make up our staff, all of whom work together at the Center to identify and support artistic excellence, and to ignite creative vision.
For general inquiries:
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
1608 Walnut Street, 18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Director, Exhibitions & Public Interpretation
Bill Adair is Director of Exhibitions & Public Interpretation at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. He has over two decades of experience as a practicing museum educator and curator, most recently at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, where he began an artist-in-residence program, commissioned several new media projects, and produced a range of educational and public programs. Bill has a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in cultural planning and policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Senior Program Specialist, Performance
Jeff Arnal is the Senior Program Specialist in Performance. Before joining the Center, he was an active member of the New York City music community, both as a working artist and curator of music, dance, and multimedia events. From 2001–06 he was co-artistic director of Improvised and Otherwise, an annual experimental music and dance festival in Brooklyn, NY. He also served as curator for On the Way Out, a monthly music series he founded in 2003. Arnal holds a BA in interdisciplinary studies: music composition and filmmaking from the University of Maryland, and an MFA in music from Bennington College.
Bill Bissell is the Director of Performance at the Center. Prior to this position, he was the residency and education manager for Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, PA. A former choreographer and dancer, and teacher of contemporary dance, he holds an MFA in Dance from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and an MA in museography and BA in history from California State University, Fresno.
A painter by habit, Gianna Delluomo holds an MFA in visual arts from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, where she also worked for three years as an academic administrator in the Graduate Fine Arts program. Gianna came to the Center during a heat wave in 2011, looking to advance her adventures in arts administration. Happily accepting a position as Paula Marincola’s Executive Assistant, she quickly learned that although she lacks a window at her desk, the view of the Philadelphia cultural scene from here is breathtaking enough.
Director, Pew Fellowships
Melissa Franklin has been the Director of Pew Fellowships since 1995 and has been with the program as a senior staff member since its inception in 1991. In addition to stewarding the fellowship awards, she oversees all of the other professional development and programmatic activities related to the fellowships.
Program Specialist, Performance
Murph Henderson joined the Center's staff after serving as director of new play development at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company. Prior to working at the Arden, she spent nearly a decade with the Library of America, a nonprofit book publisher in Manhattan. Murph’s work history also includes years as an Equity actor and as a freelance book reviewer. A Chicago-area native, she holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence and a bachelor’s in theater from Northwestern.
Senior Program Specialist, Exhibitions & Public Interpretation
Laura Koloski is a Senior Program Specialist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as a museum educator for historic sites and local history museums. Koloski is co-editor, with Bill Adair and Benjamin Filene, of Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, published by the Center in fall 2011. She holds a BA in American history from Villanova University and an MA in public history from Northeastern University.
Senior Program Associate, Pew Fellowships
Jacque Liu is the Senior Program Associate for Pew Fellowships. He has a visual arts background and is very active in the art community through exhibitions of his own work as well as various artist collaborations. He previously served as a visual arts professor at Drexel University and the University of Delaware. He graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Berlin, Germany.
Meeting and Event Planner
Ellen Maher is the Meeting and Event Planner for The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. She joined the Center as a full-time staff member in 2007. After graduating from Moore College of Art with a BA in illustration and printmaking, she promptly ended up in the food business where she combined her love of creativity and the visual arts, working the back of the house: testing recipes, planning menus, and as a party cook for restaurants and catering companies. She has coordinated panels and worked as a program assistant for other discipline areas at the Center.
Paula Marincola was appointed the first Executive Director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2008. She also designed and has been the director of its exhibitions program since 1997. An art historian by training, she was previously an arts administrator, curator of contemporary art, and art critic for many years. A quote from Henry James—"It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process"—serves to continually inspire and motivate her work.
Associate Director for Programs
Senior Program Specialist, Exhibitions & Public Interpretation
Peter Nesbett joined the Center in 2010 after running an alternative space in Harlem, publishing an international art magazine, and working as an independent art historian. The art space was Triple Candie, known for presenting exhibitions about art yet devoid of it. The magazine was artonpaper, known for decades to aficionados of prints, multiples, and artists books as the primary source on the subject. As a historian in the 1990s, he researched and edited three books on the work of Harlem-trained American artist Jacob Lawrence. Today, he is interested in the relationship between curating and publishing, or rather, curating as an explicitly critical activity.
Program Associate, Performance
Erin Read joined the Center after serving as the artistic assistant at Arden Theatre Company. A transplant from the South, she initially came to Philadelphia to train as an Arden professional apprentice. Her time in the city has allowed her to work as an actor, dresser, audition reader, teacher, crew member, front of house staff, and understudy for many of the city’s theater companies. She is delighted at the opportunity to delve deeper into Philadelphia’s rich cultural life through the work of the Center’s talented constituents.
Program Associate, Exhibitions & Public Interpretation
Chloe Reison is an artist and burgeoning arts administrator. She joined the Center in July 2013, after working for a number of years in the department of fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her MFA and certificate in time-based and interactive media in 2012. Prior to this, Chloe lived in Boston, where she worked as assistant to the director of LaMontagne Gallery. Since moving to Philadelphia, Chloe has sought to engage the creative community through her involvement with non-profit organizations, artist collectives, and academia. She is pleased to channel her energy and enthusiasm for the arts into her work at the Center and to its diverse and significant programming.
Jordan Shue recently received her MA in arts administration at Drexel University, where she also received her Bachelor's in design and merchandising. During her undergraduate degree she worked as the assistant to Philadelphia-based glass and mixed media artist Jen Blazina. Before coming to the Center, she worked as the assistant director at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, where she gained curatorial experience. Her knowledge of both sectors—the artist's and the nonprofit organization's—has given her the background and experience to transition to nonprofit funding work at the Center.
Associate Director for Administration
Laura Silverman joined the Center staff in 2006 and manages operations and communications. Passionate about the arts from an early age, she studied art history at Yale and practiced as a graphic designer for several years. Subsequently, Laura’s interest turned to business and she has an MBA in marketing from the Wharton School. Prior to arriving at the Center, Laura worked as a grant-writer, and as an account manager and business development specialist for design studios. Her marketing and management expertise is now put to good use supporting the Center’s vision and its commitment to the Philadelphia-area cultural community.
Program Specialist, Performance
Josie Smith, originally from Chicago, holds an MFA in performance and choreography from Temple University. For over 20 years she has been an active member of the Philadelphia dance community, performing her own works, as well as in the works of numerous independent choreographers and dance companies, nationally and in Indonesia, Singapore, and Eastern Europe. Her work as a performing artist led her to recognize the importance of documenting dance as an art form through archival practice. To this end she recently earned an MA in library science from Drexel University. Josie became a full-time staff member at the Center in October 2010.
Nicole Steinberg has been communicating for the Center since January 2010. A transplant from New York to Philadelphia, she previously worked for publications such as BOMB, LIT, Entertainment Weekly, and TV Guide. Her studies in creative writing at Brandeis University and The New School provide a useful background as she crafts Center content for print, Web, and beyond. Her literary publications include an anthology, Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press), and two poetry collections: Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press) and Birds of Tokyo (Dancing Girl Press). In 2005, she founded Earshot, a New York City reading series for emerging writers.
Senior Administrative Associate
Azuredee Webb joined the Center in 2011 and is charged with financial reporting, as well as managing several ongoing projects for the Center's administration. Her career in the arts began in the marketing and public relations department of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Prior to joining the Center, Azuredee worked in the development department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She holds a BA in communication from Wayne State University.