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Pew Fellowships in the Arts | Residency Opportunities

Pew Fellowships in the Arts





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 -- thanks to a partnership between the Center, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and our residency program partners. 

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.”

CA Conrad

“If the Pew Fellowship was a catapult, the residency extended my reach, making my tools as a poet the sharpest they have ever been.” 

- CA Conrad, poet and 2011 Pew Fellow

Two new programs offer recent Pew Fellows the opportunity for concentrated time, away from Philadelphia, to devote to their creative practice:

  • The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Residency at MacDowell
  • Pew Consortium of Artists Residencies at Civitella Ranieri and Fogo Island Arts

Application and selection to the Consortium of Artists Residencies is coordinated by the Alliance of Artists Communities.

If accepted, in addition to the residency, Fellows receive a stipend to offset other costs of the residency.

Kara Crombie

“Artistic fields tend to be isolated from each other. I loved meeting and talking to writers especially. The ones I met gave me a lot of valuable advice and a fresh perspective on my work.”

- Kara Crombie, visual artist and 2010 Pew Fellow 

In an effort to connect Pew Fellows with resources both inside and outside the region, the Center worked with the Alliance to identify residency programs with interdisciplinary focuses and facilities. According to Pew Fellowships Director Melissa Franklin, it was important to offer Pew Fellows a group of residencies that were all very different: “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.

“It’s rare to be given the opportunity to just think about your artistic process and practice.”

- Tina Morton, documentary filmmaker and 2010 Pew Fellow

QUESTIONS? Contact the Alliance of Artists Communities at or 401-351-4320.

Read more about this program on the Pew Fellowships in the Arts' website