Pew Fellows News: Honors for Musicians Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Diane Monroe, Bobby Zankel; Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck Collaborate on Exhibition and Book; and More

26 Jul 2018


Jamaaladeen Tacuma, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.


Joy Feasley, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.


Bhob Rainey, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.


Diane Monroe, 2018 Pew Fellow. Photo courtesy of the artist. 


Jane Irish, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.


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

The summer months haven’t slowed down for our Pew Fellows who are busy with exhibitions, publications, murals, performances, and more. Catch up with their newest projects below.


Composers/musicians Jamaaladeen Tacuma (2011), Diane Monroe (2018), and Bobby Zankel (1996) will be honored as “local jazz legends” by State Sen. Vincent Hughes and his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph at the 3rd Annual Jazz Legacy Awards at the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts on July 27. Read more>>

Composer/musician Andrea Clearfield (2016) was selected to receive a 2018 Copland House Residency Award, marking her second residency with Copland House. The short-term residencies provide composers with the opportunity to focus undisturbed on their creative work in the environment that composer Aaron Copland himself enjoyed. Read more>>

New Work

Visual artists Joy Feasley (2011) and Paul Swenbeck (2013) will release a new art book in spring 2019, expanding upon their current exhibition, Out, Out, Phosphene Candle. Currently on view at the Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, the exhibition is a multi-room, 4,000-square-foot exploration of science fiction and existential questions considering “the more mystifying qualities of being human,” according to Kohler Arts Center. Read more>>

Composer/musician King Britt (2007) is collaborating with visual artist Joshua Mays, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Blue Design to create an interactive augmented reality mural, accompanied by a downloadable app. Britt is scoring the app, which will “bring the observer into a multidimensional experience of sight and sound,” he says. The mural will be installed in West Philadelphia.

Landscape architect Dilip da Cunha (2017) spoke at the Annual Conference on Metaphysics and Politics in India, where he introduced the project “Soak,” which channels design to rethink the narrative of the land-water divide. Read more>>

On View and On Stage

Composer and saxophonist Matthew Levy’s (2016) Forbidden Drive was performed by PRISM Quartet and award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Croatia. Read more>>

Writer James Ijames’ (2015) play White is currently making its west coast debut with Shotgun Players in Berkeley, CA. Directed by M. Graham Smith, the performances run through August 12. Read more>>

The screening of a short documentary film on visual artist Quentin Morris (2018) was presented at Larry Becker Contemporary Art on July 14. Read more>>

Visual artist Isaiah Zagar’s (1995) mosaics, on view throughout the city, were the inspiration for Philadelphia Magic Gardens’ first neighborhood scavenger hunt. On July 19, participants followed a map to find and learn about the mosaics scattered across Zagar’s neighborhood. Read more>>

In the News

Theater artist Whit MacLaughlin (2002) and composer Bhob Rainey (2013) received several positive reviews for their work on New Paradise Laboratories’ O Monsters, performed at the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. Read more in The Washington Post, DCist, and DC Metro Theatre Arts.

Frieze featured visual artist Jane Irish (2011) in a story on her two exhibitions, Architectures of Resistance at Locks Gallery and Antipodes at Lemon Hill Mansion. The article examines Irish’s confrontation of colonization through a feminist lens. Read more>>