Pew Fellows News: Tiona McClodden Awarded Tiffany Foundation Grant, Michael Djupstrom Premieres New Work, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Honors Sonia Sanchez

27 Feb 2018


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


Pew Fellow Sonia Sanchez. Photo by Erika Vonie.


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


Yolanda Wisher, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Ryan Eckes, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


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

This month’s Pew Fellows news includes honors in music, visual arts, and poetry, along with national exhibitions, performances, and tours.

Awards and Announcements

Composer Anna Weesner (2003) has been awarded the Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music. The award committee was "struck by the strong personality and profile" of Weesner's "moving vocal work." Read more>>

Visual artist Tiona McClodden (2016) is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation biennial grant. McClodden is among 30 artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, craft, and new media who have each been awarded $20,000 in order to produce new work. In May 2018, their artwork will be documented in a catalogue published by the foundation. Read more>>

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women honored poet Sonia Sanchez (1993) during its 4th Annual Spoken Word Production, “Poetic Justice: Women, Power, Politics and the Black Arts Movement” on February 22 at the Brooklyn Museum. The program featured selections from Sanchez’s “Does Your House Have Lions?” (1995), among others. Watch Sanchez read her poem 10 Haikus for Max Roach.>>

Writer Yolanda Wisher (2015) has been selected as Philadelphia Contemporary’s Curator of Spoken Word. “She is uniquely suited to bring vibrant, engaging, incisive spoken word to the people of Philadelphia,” says Harry Philbrick, Philadelphia Contemporary founding director and CEO. Read more>>

In Print

Poet Ryan Eckes’ (2016) book General Motors is available for pre-order. “General Motors is a book of chase scenes for a film without cars, lyric essays that depart from subways never built, and poems for walking off the job. Waking up in the arena of an abandoned public, the spectators are no longer spectators,” writes the publisher. Read more>>

Writer Julia Bloch (2017) published a new poem, That the General Will Is Indestructible, in artist Catalina Ouyang's digital anthology, Conclusions and Findings. The anthology is online through February 23. Read More>>

On View and On Stage

Playwright James Ijames’ (2015) new play Kill Move Paradise is on stage March 2–24 at Know Theatre in Cincinnati, OH. Read more>>

Video works by media artist Ryan Trecartin (2009) are on view as part of Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston through May 20. Read more>>

Dover Quartet will present the world premiere of composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom’s (2014) String Quartet No. 2 on March 11 at the 25th Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. The work was commissioned for the Dover Quartet by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. Read more>>

Pianist Orrin Evans (2010) and The Bad Plus will appear at South jazz venue in Philadelphia, March 12 and 13. Read more>>

Musician Chris Forsyth (2011) and The Solar Motel Band tour Europe this February, with stops in Belgium, Italy, France, and the UK, playing music from their critically acclaimed album Dreaming In The Non-Dream. Read more>>

In the News

The New York Times reviewed composer Jennifer Higdon’s (1999) Low Brass Concerto, which was premiered by the Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall. The Times reported, “[Higdon’s] melodious concerto, based in smooth but not monolithic chorale textures, opened into shifting, glinting trios, duets and solos that bespoke subtlety, humor, even tenderness at times." Read more>>

ARTNEWS reviewed artist Wilmer Wilson's (2017) work currently on view in the New Museum Triennial “Songs for Sabotage” in New York. “Shiny and dramatic and disquieting once they pull you in, seven large wall works by Wilmer Wilson IV feature what have to be tens or maybe even hundreds of thousands of staples slammed into planks of wood.” Read more>>

The Chicago Tribune reviewed playwright James Ijames’ (2015) “Moon Man Walk,” a play about a young man confronting his own past in the aftermath of his mother’s death. Read more>>