Fellows Friday News: Pepón Osorio Nominated to National Council on the Arts, Jenny Sabin Installation at Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, and More

29 Jul 2016


Installation view of the PolyThread knitted textile pavilion, designed by Jenny E. Sabin, commissioned for Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.


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


Marshall Allen, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.


Alex Da Corte, Untitled (Open Poem Squish), 2012. Pigment Print, 40 x 40\. Photo courtesy of the artist.

In this month's Pew Fellows news highlights, President Barack Obama nominates Pepón Osorio to the National Council on the Arts, Columbus State University announces plans to open the Bo Bartlett Center, and Jenny Sabin creates a textile installation for the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

Honors and Awards

Visual artist Pepón Osorio (2006) has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Arts, an advisory committee of the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more>>

Columbus State University announced plans to open the Bo Bartlett Center, named after visual artist Bo Bartlett (1993), in late 2017. Described as "a unique partnership between a living mid-career artist and a state university," the Center will encompass 18,425-square-feet of gallery, archive, and multidisciplinary programming spaces, according to a university press release. Read more>>

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting awarded poet Sonia Sanchez (1993), and writers Ta-Nehisi Coates and Toni Morrison, the Marlon Brando Award for excellence in the arts and commitment to social engagement at a ceremony in June. Read more>>

On View, On Screen, and On Stage

Architect and designer Jenny Sabin (2010) has created a knitted textile installation for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. The contemporary design exhibition series is on view through August 21 and features work by 63 designers. The exhibition will travel to the San Jose Museum of Art in October. Read more>>

Saxophonist Marshall Allen (2012) led and performed with the celebrated jazz group Sun Ra Arkestra during the 2016 Vision Festival in New York. The New York Times positively reviewed the concert, calling Allen "a vital presence," and writing, "there was something deep and noble happening" during the performance. Read more>>

Visual artist Alex Da Corte's (2012) solo exhibition A Season in He'll, organized by the Hammer Museum, is on view at Art + Practice in Los Angeles through September 17. The show, featuring a survey of recent videos within a site-specific installation, was praised by Wallpaper Magazine, which wrote that Da Corte "finds poetry in consumer culture and theatricality in the suburban." Read more>>

Heidi Saman's (2016) feature-length film Namour, will receive its East Coast premiere at the 2016 BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia on August 7. The film, set in Los Angeles during the economic recession of the late 2000s, centers on a young Egyptian American valet driver who struggles to balance his lifestyle with the demands of his middle-class immigrant family. Read more>>

Visual artist Tim Portlock's (2011) recent solo exhibition, Ash and Gold at Locks Gallery, received praise from Hyperallergic, which reported: "The work grapples with ideas of social responsibility, environmental destruction, and a precarious future where we will live in the ruins of a civilization we built, then decimated." Read more>>

In the News

Generocity interviewed 2016 Pew Fellows Tiona McClodden, Jennifer Kidwell, and Heidi Saman about how the Fellowships will impact their practices. McClodden states, "I've lived in Philly for 10 years, and I hope to produce more work here because it's a city that can be a sustainable city for artists." Read more>>

Guitarist Chris Forsyth (2011) performed with The Solar Motel Band on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert video series. In its introduction, NPR writes of Forsyth: "The Philly guitarist has proven his versatility not only as an instrumentalist, but also as a storyteller." Watch the video>>

The London-based magazine Skin Deep interviewed visual artist and filmmaker Tiona McClodden (2016) about her project Affixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex. The digital exhibition, commissioned in 2015 by the Institute of Contemporary Art, commemorates the 20th anniversary of poet Essex Hemphill's (1993) death, and will be featured in Skin Deep's upcoming print edition IMAGINING 2043 later this month. Read more>>