June 21, 2010 - The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage - 2010 Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative Awards
June 21, 2010

2010 Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative Awards

Michelangelo Pistoletto
Venus of the Rags, (1967)
Plaster and fabric plaster sculpture:
65 x 22 x 24 1/4 inches
Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

2010 Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative Awards

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Announces 2010 Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative Awards
Ten visual arts organizations receive over 1.1 million USD in funding

An animated film that brings the medical curiosities of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum to life; a trip along the Schuylkill River with artists and musicians in a flotilla of handmade vessels; a rare look through the archives of the dean of American craftsmen; and an unprecedented opportunity to meet architects, artists, and other visionaries from around the world in conjunction with an exhibition for a major international artist: These and other exciting visual arts projects are the 2010 recipients of 1.1 million USD in grants from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI), a record annual total grant award for the program.

This year’s funded projects, including eight in exhibition and two in planning, represent extraordinary, forward looking examples of visual arts exhibitions. Half of the ten grantees are first-time PEI grant recipients.

This year’s PEI exhibition grant recipients are:
• Arcadia University
200,000 USD for Tacita Dean: JG (a working title)
• The College of Physicians/Mütter Museum
250,000 USD for Quay Brothers: Anatomica Aesthetica
• International House Philadelphia
29,000 USD for Pop Cinema
• Philadelphia Art Alliance
169,273 USD for Let Me Tell You About the Dream I Had: The Miss Rockaway Armada • Philadelphia Museum of Art
250,000 USD for Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956–1974
• Slought Foundation
28,855 USD for John Cage / How to Get Started • University of Pennsylvania Libraries
90,000 USD for Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern
• Vox Populi
39,670 USD for Quadruple-Consciousness

This year’s PEI planning grant recipients are:
• Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania
24,430 USD for planning of a Jason Rhoades survey • James A. Michener Art Museum
24,335 USD for planning a retrospective exhibition of Paul Evans

“The tremendous vitality of the contemporary visual arts scene in our region is evident in the variety and dynamism of the projects PEI has funded this year,” notes Center Executive Director Paula Marincola. “Such programs promise to engage and inspire a full spectrum of audiences both in this region and beyond.”

For the complete list of 2010 grantees and full descriptions of each funded project, visit www.pcah.us/exhibitions.

“From Wharton Esherick to The Miss Rockaway Armada, John Cage to the Quay Brothers—these programs will result in many exciting choices for audiences,” said Greg Rowe, Director of Culture Initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts. “Taken as a whole, they are a sign of a vigorous visual arts scene that continues to enrich the culture life of the region.”

PEI grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis, and recipients are selected by a distinguished national panel. This year’s panel included:
• Jock Reynolds (Panel Chair), Director, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
• Melissa Chiu, Director, Asia Society Museum in New York
• Peter Eleey, Chief Curator, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
• David Filipi, Curator, Film/Video, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
• Kathleen Forde, Curator, Time-Based Arts, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
• Jo Lauria, Curator/Art Historian, Los Angeles
• Alma Ruiz, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
• Hamza Walker, Director of Education/Associate Curator, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago

Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis and are selected by a panel of internationally recognized visual arts professionals. These grants foster artistic development and excellence in the region’s art community by supporting those exhibitions and accompanying publications which are of the highest artistic caliber and engage the public through innovative means. For a full list of 2010 panelist names and respective credentials, please see the attached list of 2010 grantees or visit www.pcah.us/exhibitions.

The Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative was established in 1997 and has since funded 103 projects, investing over 11 million USD in bringing outstanding visual arts exhibitions to the region’s audiences, as well as the field.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
1608 Walnut Street, 18th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.pcah.us/exhibitions

For information contact:
Paula Marincola, PEI Director
(267-350-4930)
pmarincola@pcah.us

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

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