Congratulations to the 2014 Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Grantees! It looks like 2014 will be a great year for arts and culture in Philadelphia. Read about the artists and their projects here. PEW Fellowships – $60,000 each Laynie Browne, Poet Thomas Devaney, Poet Michael Djupstrom, Pianist and composer Fatu Gayflor, Vocalist and folk artist Leroy Johnson, Visual artist Mary Lattimore, Harpist and performer Travis Macdonald, Poet Ted Passon, Filmmaker Susan Rethorst, Choreographer Matt Saunders, Theater artist and scenic designer J.C. Todd, Poet Brent Wahl, Visual artist Project Grants Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, $240,000 Arcadia University, $94,200 Asian Arts Initiative, $60,000 Bryn ... More » »
News This week, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced awards of over $6.5 million for 52 upcoming projects by local cultural organizations, from small galleries to major institutions, as well as fellowships of $60,000 each to 13 regional artists, including one collaborative team. Three of the 2013 grantees are particularly noteworthy: 1. In spring 2014, the Barnes Foundation is organizing the first major Philadelphia exhibition for Nigerian-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare. An exciting move for the Barnes – this is their first collaboration with a contemporary artist, and its first commission of a new work of art since Henri Matisse’s La ... More » »
News PAFA presents the fourth and final installment of The Review Panel Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 3, at 6pm. February’s edition attracted over 100 attendees, and this month’s promises discussions that are sure to entice people into the Hamilton Auditorium. The April panel of critics includes Jennie Hirsh, Katherine Rochester, and Robert Storr. The four local exhibitions, chosen by David Cohen and his panelists are JG: A Film Project by Tacita Dean at Arcadia University Art Gallery; Christine Hiebert at Gallery Joe; Joyce Robins: Ceramic Painting/Painted Ceramic at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery; and White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The panel discussions, for the uninitiated, run approximately 90 minutes and ... More » »
News Open Air, happily, was a resounding success. During this project’s September 20-October 14 span, brought to Philadelphia by the Association for Public Art and artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer nearly 6,000 iPhone recordings in over 20 different languages were made, and more than 17,000 visitors came to the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Open Air website is up permanently, allowing people to listen to the recordings and vote for their favorites. It’ll be tough to narrow down: aside from some heart-tugging marriage proposals, there is the 127-message “Voices of Philly” archive of famous local voices. To learn more about the project, visit The Creators Project, the press release here, and some wonderful high-res photos. ... More » »
News Through the Heritage Philadelphia Program (HPP), the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded $766,325 to six local organizations, including two first-time grantees; the winners include the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, for their effort to revitalize the John Coltrane House in North Philadelphia, and the Mural Arts Program, for Structure and Surface, a community-based public art initiative about the history of Philadelphia’s fallen textile industry. The full list of grantees and descriptions of their projects is on the HPP site. The Brandywine River Museum is offering exclusive “Andrew Wyeth Experience Tours” on selected days in April and May. The studio where Wyeth worked, which has undergone ... More » »
News In the MediaSharon Butler recently wrote a piece for M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues. Her essay Free Love considers why artists are drawn to social media. There are lots of other topics in the journal–worth checking out! Creative Capital has a new blog called The Lab. Former Philly writer and publisher of the The Philadelphia Independent Mattathias Schwartz has made an appearance in The New Yorker with an article about the origins and future of the Occupy Wall Street movement.