Pew Fellows News: Tiona McClodden Receives Keith Haring Fellowship, Justin Cronin’s The Passage Adapted Into TV Series, Heidi Saman Selected for International Emerging Film Talent Association Initiative, and More

31 May 2018


Heidi Saman, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Rennie Harris Puremovement. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Paul Swenbeck, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.


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


David Felix Suttcliffe. Photo by Adachi Pimentel.

This month’s Pew Fellows news includes several fellowships, grants, and honors, a new television series debuting this fall, and critically-acclaimed performances and exhibitions across the US.

Awards and Announcements

Interdisciplinary artist Tiona McClodden (2016) will receive the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism from the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College. Through the fellowship, McClodden will continue her ongoing exploration of understudied black artists, including poets Essex Hemphill and Brad Johnson, and composer Julius Eastman. Read more via Artforum>>

Writer Justin Cronin’s (2001) best-selling trilogy of novels, The Passage, has been picked up by Fox for a new television series this fall. “The Passage is an epic, character-driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race,” according to Fox. Read more in Entertainment Weekly>>

Documentary filmmaker David Felix Sutcliffe’s (2017) and Lyric R. Cabral’s (T)ERROR was among 25 films to receive the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant from the Full Frame Documentary Festival in North Carolina. Read more>>

Visual artist Isaiah Zagar (1995) unveiled a new, custom mosaic mural for Convene at CityView, a meeting and event space, during a celebration on May 17 in Philadelphia. Read more>>

Independent filmmaker Heidi Saman (2016) is one of three artists to be sponsored by the International Emerging Film Talent Association, in partnership with Le Marché du Film and its Producers Network, for the Global Film Expression Program. The program gives filmmakers the opportunity to meet with potential partners in international co-productions. Read more>>

Architect and designer Jenny Sabin (2010) gave the first keynote address at the Transitions 2: Material Revolution conference at the University of Huddersfield, England. The two-day event included presentations from experts in biomimicry, digital design, artificial intelligence, and more. Read more>>

On View and On Stage

Poet Sueyeun Juliette Lee’s (2013) Peace Light installation is part of Asian Arts Initiative’s Center-funded (ex)CHANGE project, on view through June 3. Lee’s installation was mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s “7 Days of Things to Do in Philadelphia.” Read more>>

Photographer Vincent Feldman’s (2001) large-format photographs of West Philadelphia are on view at the Slought Foundation through June 5. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Shot in a dead-on, documentary-style, [Feldman’s] portraits of the city’s neglected architectural treasures are so rich with detail and embedded history the buildings almost seem to have a soul.” Read more>>

Theater artist Dan Rothenberg (2002) directs Time’s Journey Through a Room at the A.R.T./New York Theatres, now playing through June 10. Read More via The New York Times>>

Dance artist Rennie Harris (1996) will choreograph Encores! Off-Center’s production of Songs for a New World, running June 27–30 at New York City Center. Read more>>

Visual artists Joy Feasley’s (2011) and Paul Swenbeck’s (2013) exhibition Out, Out, Phosphene Candle, on view through September 2 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, includes performance artist Martha McDonald 's new work, Phosphene Songs. The new program amplifies the exhibition’s themes, providing a deeper experience than the audience would have simply walking through the environment. Read more>>

Visual Artist Hilary Harp (1995) and Suzie Silver presented Out in the Woods, a film festival of international, queer-themed, short animated and live-action films from around the world, May 11–12, in conjunction with Pittsburgh’s Luna Park Experimental Film Series. Read more>>

In the News

Theater artist Geoff Sobelle’s (2006) installation Objects in Mirror AR Closer Than They Appear, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and will be reprised at New York Theatre Workshop, May 9–19. Read more via Artsy>>

Folk and traditional artist Losang Samten (2004) discusses his life and work in a broadcast from Voice of America (VOA News). The former Buddhist monk and Tibetan scholar uses colored sand to build intricate mandalas, circular images filled with complex iconography. Read more>>

Choreographer Rennie Harris’ (1996) Pure Movement dance company will perform in the Bates Dance Festival, listed among The Boston Globe's Critic's Picks. Read more>>

Poet Yolanda Wisher (2015) was featured in WHYY’s report on Stellar Masses, a three-night performance series dedicated to “the sacred roots and interstellar potential of spoken word practices,” according to WHYY. The series included performances from Camae Ayewa (2017) and King Britt (2007). Read more>>

WHYY highlights theater designer Jorge Cousineau’s (2011) “terrific” projection and set design in a review of Hope and Gravity, staged by 1812 Productions. Read more>>