New Artist Residencies Awarded to Pew Fellows Michael Djupstrom, James Ijames, Mary Lattimore, and Rea Tajiri

02 Oct 2017


Mary Lattimore, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


James Ijames, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Rea Tajiri, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Michael Djupstrom, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to announce that four new artist residencies have been awarded to Pew Fellows. Supported by the Center’s ongoing partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities, three Fellows will participate in residency programs at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; and Ucross Foundation on the High Plains in Wyoming. An additional partnership with the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire will give one Pew Fellow 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.

The 2017 Pew Fellow Artist Residency recipients are:

While at Headlands, theater artist James Ijames plans to complete two in-progress plays. He is eager to connect with and draw inspiration from his surroundings and fellow artists. “I felt like my practice as a writer needed some time in solitude,” Ijames says. “I’m most looking forward to writing by the water and sharing art-making space with other artists, and getting to know their work while I grow in my own practice.”

Harpist Mary Lattimore will begin work on an album of harp compositions while at Ucross, certain that the High Plains’ landscape will fuel her creativity. “The idea of being semi-isolated on a huge cattle ranch in Wyoming seems intriguing, and I'm sure that the landscape will influence my compositions in an interesting way. I'm looking forward to the quietness,” Lattimore says.

During her stay at The Banff Centre, filmmaker Rea Tajiri will have an opportunity to create a body of work using new technologies, including documentary installation and projected imagery. “I am looking forward to getting away, free from interruption…to break old ways of responding to creative problems,” she says. “I have dreamed of going to Banff for many years…this will be an exciting opening of a new chapter.”

Composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom will dedicate his time at MacDowell to the completion of a new string quartet, slated for a March 2018 premiere featuring the Dover Quartet. Djupstrom says he is particularly attracted to “the prospect of an uninterrupted, focused span of time to work,” and believes that the residency will nurture “a new kind of creative energy” that he will bring back to Philadelphia.

Since 2011, the Center's residency partnership with the consortium has provided a number of Pew Fellows with time and space for creative development, inspiration, and the cultivation of meaningful connections with artists and creative professionals outside the Philadelphia region.

Learn more about the residency program and see all past Pew Fellow recipients here.>