Fellows Friday News: A Living Legacy Award for Odean Pope; An Exhibition Honors the Late Nicholas Kripal; Tayarisha Poe Named Sundance Institute Fellow & More

29 Sep 2017


Thaddeus Phillips, A Billion Nights on Earth, 2017. Photo by Johanna Austin.


Pepón Osorio at reFORM launch on May 1, 2015. Courtesy of Temple Contemporary.


Tayarisha Poe, THE FITS, 2015. Photo by Tayarisha Poe.


David Scott Kessler, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Hello Blackout, New Paradise Laboratories. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.


Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa. Photo courtesy of the artists.

This month’s Pew Fellows news sees a wide range of national and regional awards for Fellows across disciplines, an exhibition recognizing the legacy of late visual artist and educator Nicholas Kripal, and press coverage for world premiere theater works.

Honors and Awards

Visual artist Bo Bartlett (1993) was awarded the 2017 Society 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The prize is presented to an artist whose work “demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.” Read more>>

Filmmaker Tayarisha Poe (2017) was selected as a 2017 Sundance Institute Fellow. The program provides mentorship to eleven artists working in new media, documentary, and narrative film. Read more>>

Saxophonist Odean Pope (1992) will receive the BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. An awards ceremony and performance will be held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 27. Read more>>

Visual artist Pepón Osorio (2006) is among the recipients of the 2017 Pennsylvania Governors Awards for the Arts. Osorio is recognized with the Distinguished Arts Award, which honors a Pennsylvania artist of international renown. Read more>>

Several Pew Fellows have been nominated for 2017 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, presented by Theatre Philadelphia. Playwright James Ijames (2015) was nominated for “Outstanding New Play/Musical;” theater artist Matt Saunders (2014) was nominated for “Outstanding Scenic Design;” and composer Christopher Colucci (2016) was nominated for both “Outstanding Sound Design” and “Outstanding Original Music.” The awards will be announced on October 30. Read more>>

On Stage and On Screen

Visual artist Alex Da Corte (2012) directed the music video for the musician St. Vincent’s latest song “New York.” “The three-minute video exists in a whole other world of hyper-artificiality, with colors all electric and everyday objects made uncanny,” writes Hyperallergic. Read more>>

Interdisciplinary social practice artists Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips (2017) present “Time Camp 001,” a two-day program of workshops, performances, film screenings, and interactive installations, at IceBox Project Space on September 30. Read more>>

Filmmaker David Scott Kessler (2015) holds a film screening for his evolving documentary The Pine Barrens at Hopewell Theater on October 21. Read more>>

Plight Release and the Diasporic Body, a two-part performance series by choreographer and movement performance artist Lela Aisha Jones (2016), premiered during the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Read more>>

On View

Heirloom: Nicholas Kripal, Students, and Friends opens at The Clay Studio on October 6. The exhibition honors the late visual artist Nicholas Kripal (1999) and features ceramic works by Kripal and his former Temple University students. Read more>>

Visual artist Astrid Bowlby (2005) debuts When the Shadow Is Not Your Shadow, a solo exhibition including texts, a sound work, photographs, and a black granite gravestone etched with a graffiti tag, at Arcadia University Art Gallery through October 29. Read more>>

Swarthmore College presents Fritz Dietel/25 Years, a survey of visual artist Fritz Dietel’s (2007) sculptures exploring structural forms, at the List Gallery through October 22. Read more>>

Visual artist Alice Oh’s (2000) “Adaptation/Equilibrium,” a solo exhibition of recent paintings, is on view at Rosemont College’s Lawrence Gallery through October 12. Read more>>

In The News

Theater artist Geoff Sobelle (2006) debuted his new play HOME during the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The work was reviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer and WHYY, described it as "a grand-scale theatrical project whose unfolding you may watch, at moments, in astonishment." Read more>>

The New Yorker reviewed visual artist Emmet Gowin’s (1994) photographic project on moths, “Mariposas Nocturnas,” writing that Gowin "transform[ed] an apparently lowly subject into riveting art." Read more>>

A Period of Animate Existence, a new symphonic theater hybrid by Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dan Rothenberg (2002), was covered by The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times, which wrote that “elements of beauty and humor glimmer…throughout [the production].” Read more>>

A Billion Nights on Earth, a new visual theater work for children by theater artist Thaddeus Phillips (2002), was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY, and Broad Street Review, which wrote: “Thaddeus Phillips, that wizard of stagecraft, has done it again.” Read more>>

New Paradise Laboratories new theater work Hello Blackout!, conceived by artistic director Whit MacLaughlin (2002), was reviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer, which wrote: "Hello Blackout! moves with the logic of myth, and it plunders many of the tropes familiar from creation and foundation myths." Read more>>