Pew Fellows News: Five Artists in The New York Times, and Major Prizes for Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Sonia Sanchez, and CAConrad

05 Oct 2022


Pew Fellow Jesse Krimes, Apokaluptein:16389067, 2010–13; prison bed sheets, transferred newsprint, color pencil, graphite, gouache; 480" x 180". Photo by Karsten Moran.

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Exhibitions & New Works

A new documentary on the work visual artist Jesse Krimes (2022) created while incarcerated, Art & Krimes by Krimes, premieres in select theaters September 30 and will be available to stream on Paramount+ starting on November 22. In a New York Times profile of artists who have been incarcerated, Art & Krimes by Krimes director Alysa Nahmias says of Krimes’ work in prison, “This isn’t about some outsider coming in and doing an arts program—it was them on their own, seizing that space, whatever dignity they could craft, and then carrying that with them when they came home.”

Interdisciplinary artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden’s (2016) solo exhibition Tiona Nekkia McClodden: MASK / CONCEAL / CARRY is on view at 52 Walker in New York City until October 8. McClodden spoke to The New York Times about her inspiration for the exhibition. McClodden’s The Brad Johnson Tape, X – On Subjugation installation is now on view at MoMA, and The Trace of an Implied Presence is at The Shed through December 11.

The New York Times features the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and reviews theater artist Geoff Sobelle’s (2006) Food and Pig Iron Theater Company’s The Path of Pins or the Path of Needles, which includes Alexandra Tatarsky (2020) in the ensemble cast and co-direction by Dan Rothenberg (2002).



Geoff Sobelle in The Object Lesson at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz, courtesy of Center Theatre Group.


Visual artist Alex Da Corte’s (2012) work is on view in Alex Da Corte: Mr. Remember at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark through August 2023. Described by the museum as “an overwhelming visual experience,” this is Da Corte’s first major survey exhibition in Europe.

A selection of visual artist Bo Bartlett’s (1993) recent work is presented at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, through January 15, 2023, in Bo Bartlett: Earthly Matters. The exhibition will travel to the Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, GA, February 3–April 28, 2023, and to MOCA Jacksonville in Florida May 26–September 10, 2023.

The first major retrospective of late visual artist Denyse Thomasos (1995) opens at the Art Gallery of Toronto on October 5. Denyse Thomasos: just beyond includes more than 70 of the artist’s paintings and works on paper, demonstrating “how she challenged the limits of abstraction, infusing personal and political content onto her canvases through the innovative use of formalist techniques,” according to the gallery.

A new solo exhibition from visual artist Ken Lum (2018) runs at the Art Gallery of Toronto through January 2, 2023. Ken Lum: Death and Furniture features work from Lum’s artistic practice of 40 years. The gallery describes the exhibition as a survey of “a small but impactful selection of works from Lum’s internationally celebrated, 40-year practice.”

DJ Rich Medina (2021) is bringing Miami’s vinyl-only listening bar Dante’s HiFi to Texas with a new pop-up installation open Tuesday to Saturday each week at Soho House in Austin, featuring records from Medina’s personal collection. Medina told The Austin Chronicle, “We put a great deal of emphasis on the local digging community, the local vinyl DJ community, from people who have the star power to rookies that just got started.”

Theater artist Whit MacLaughlin (2002), along with collaborators Laia and Pete Angevine, created How to Get to the River, a self-guided watershed walking tour that explores art installations from the Academy of Natural Sciences to the Schuylkill River. How to Get to the River is part of the museum’s Watershed Moment project and runs until October 30.

NJ PBS’ State of the Arts profiles Roberto Lugo (2019), speaking with the ceramist about his early life and practice. Lugo’s exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture in Princeton, Roberto Lugo: The Village Potter, runs through January 8, 2023.



Brenda Dixon Gottschild, 2017 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.



Writer and scholar Brenda Dixon Gottschild (2017) is among this year’s Dance Magazine Award Honorees. Dance Magazine’s awards “celebrate the living legends who have made a lasting impact on the art form,” according to the magazine’s website.

Two Pew Fellows—poets Sonia Sanchez (1993) and CAConrad (2011)—are among this year’s recipients of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Typically awarded to one poet each year with a prize of $100,000, the Poetry Foundation named 11 recipients this year, each awarded the full prize amount, in honor of the organization’s 110th anniversary.  

The Academy of American Poets (APA) named Airea D. Matthews (2020) one of its 2022 Poet Laureate Fellows. The program recognizes “the place and possibilities that poets and poetry have in civic life,” according to the Academy, and awards $50,000 to individuals who have made positive contributions to their communities.

Visual artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase (2019) is among fifteen recipients of the 2022 Joan Mitchell Fellowships, which awards artists working in painting and sculpture with $60,000 in unrestricted funds, a residency opportunity, and other professional support.

The Wexner Center for the Arts has awarded theater artist Jennifer Kidwell (2016) an artist residency for its 2022–23 season. During the residency, Kidwell will work on the in-progress Those With 2 Clocks performance piece and develop musical sculptures that are “played” by rain. Those With 2 Clocks, created by Tall Order (which includes Kidwell along with theater artists Jess Conda and Mel Krodman), runs October 6–23 at the Wilma Theater.