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Pew Fellowships in the Arts Announced

“These residency programs accommodate artists practicing in all disciplines, in keeping with the multidisciplinary scope of the fellowships. They represent a diverse group of creative communities and the working environment each offers is very different, reflecting the wide variety of artists that we support.” - Melissa Franklin, Director of Pew Fellowships in the Arts

Last month five Pew Fellows were awarded residencies as part of an ongoing partnership between the Pew Center for Arts + Heritage, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and five North American artist residency programs: The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; Wyoming’s Ucross Foundation; the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California; Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; and MacDowell in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Since 2011, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has provided recent Pew Fellows with opportunities to take sojourns outside of the Philadelphia area, for residencies intended to push their artistic practice and expand their horizons. The Pew Fellows selected for these residencies find themselves in new surroundings -- creative communities that nurture artistic expression and exploration, across North America,

The 2014 fellows include Emily Abendroth (writing), Sueyeun Juliette Lee (writing), J. Louise Makary (media arts), Paul Swenbeck (visual arts) and Raphael Xavier (dance).

These artist residencies are meant to extend the Center’s relationship with Pew Fellows beyond the given time period of their awards and contribute to a long-term impact on their work. The invaluable time to work diligently in new spaces and to network with artists from other areas has the potential to impact the trajectory of a Pew Fellow’s career, opening up possibilities for new creative discoveries, which these artists can then bring home for a future impact on the Philadelphia region.

“I had such an amazing and productive time,” said musician Greg Osby (2012 Pew Fellow), speaking of his 2013 retreat to the Ucross Foundation in northeast Wyoming. “The change of environment did wonders for my creative flow and I now recognize the value of getting away.”

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