Pew Fellows News: Pepón Osorio Named a 2018 USA Fellow, Kukuli Velarde’s First West Coast Exhibition, Afaa Michael Weaver’s Work Featured in New Book

26 Jan 2018


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


Kukuli Velarde, SAN CRISTOBAL, 2012, 32”h x 17.35, low fire clay, underglazes, lusters, casein paint. Photo Courtesy of GICB.


Julia Bloch, 2017 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Afaa Michael Weaver. Photo by Lynda Kodish.


Tiona Nekkia McClodden, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips, 2017 Pew Fellows. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Orrin Evans, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

This month’s Pew Fellows news sees a new United States Artists fellowship, national exhibitions, music releases, and several positive reviews in leading media outlets.

Awards, Honors, and Residencies

Visual artist Pepón Osorio (2006) has been named a 2018 USA Fellow by United States Artists. Osorio is among 45 artists and collectives spanning nine disciplines who have been recognized for “their contributions to the field,” according to the announcement press release. Read more>>

Choreographer and performer Nichole Canuso (2017) has been awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship, through the Center’s ongoing partnership with the program, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious artist residencies in the country. Read More>>

Writer Julia Bloch (2017) received a residency through Small Press Traffic’s “SMALL TIME” initiative, hosted by This Will Take Time, an arts organization located in the coastal town of Point Arena, CA. During her residency, Bloch will begin work on a new book of poetry. Read More>>

Media artist and animator Paul Fierlinger (1997) will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Animafest Zagreb. Fierlinger will received the award at the opening ceremony of the 28th World Festival of Animated Film in June in Zagreb, Croatia. On this occasion, Animation World Network revisited two of Fierlinger’s animated films. Watch Here>>

On View

Ceramic artist Kukuli Velarde‘s (2003) latest exhibition, Plunder Me, Baby, is on view at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA through February 11. The Los Angeles Times recently reviewed the exhibition, calling it “both outraged and deliciously outrageous.” Read more>>

Several video works by media artist Ryan Trecartin (2009) are featured in the group exhibition, Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network, at de Young Museum through June 10, 2018. The exhibition was organized by DIS, a New York-based multi-media collective of international artists, writers, musicians, and designers. Read More>>

An exhibition curated by visual artist Tiona McClodden (2016) is on view at the Kitchen in New York City as part of Bowerbird’s Center-funded project Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental (through February 10). Read More>>

In Print

A work by Afaa Michael Weaver (1998) is included in Bullets Into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon Press), a new compilation that “brings together the voices of poets and citizens. Read more>>

In the News

NPR offers a first listen of The Bad Plus’ new album, Never Stop II, featuring musician Orrin Evans (2010) on piano. “Evans is a highly esteemed pianist with post-bop dynamism in his bloodstream, and it's illuminating to hear him in this mode,” writes NPR. Listen Here>>

Bandcamp Daily interviewed musician Dan Blacksberg (2012) and describes him as a “maestro who effortlessly hops between—and, ultimately, deconstructs—genres with abandon, influenced equally by traditional Jewish music and the heyday of downtown New York City avant-garde jazz.” Read More>>

The Guardian reviewed Camae Ayewa’s (2017) “DIY time travel performances,” lauding the artist for bringing, “a trembling intensity to her performance, chewing each word with satisfaction…” Read More>>

The Chicago Tribune interviewed composer Jennifer Higdon (1999) about her new concerto for the low brass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Read More>>