July 10, 2007 - Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI) - 2007 Awards
July 10, 2007

<p> Rosalyn Drexler, The Dream, 1963.<br>
 Collection of the artist. </p>

The Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI)
announces a total of $601,650
is awarded for new exhibition.

Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative
Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage
1608 Walnut Street, 18th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Paula Marincola, Director
www.philexin.org

2007 Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative Awards
The Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI) announces grants totaling $601,650 to area organizations in support of excellence and innovation in visual arts exhibitions. PEI has invested close to $8 million in exhibitions in the Philadelphia region over the course of ten years.
The 2007 Exhibition Grant recipients are:
John Bartram Association ($171,650) for Bartram’s Travels Revisited: a collaboration between Mark Dion and the nation’s first botanical garden, to create a project based on the travels of John and William Bartram, noted early American explorers and naturalists.
Philadelphia Museum of Art ($150,000) for William Kentridge: Ten Tapestries: part of the Museum’s ongoing Notations series. The tapestries will be exhibited as a recent development in Kentridges’s work that continues his investigations of the socio-political context of South Africa and extends his interest in drawing and the interconnections of multiple mediums.
The University of the Arts’ ($200,000) Beyond the Surface: Women and Pop Art 1958-1968: a show that examines a historically urgent topic that has not yet been addressed in a significant manner. Beyond the Surface will expand a narrowly defined movement and reevaluate the critical reception of Pop Art, as it rediscovers important female artists working internationally during this period.
The 2007 Planning Grants for project research and development, were awarded to:
The Design Center at Philadelphia University ($20,000) for Lace in Translation: bringing three Dutch design teams together to research the Center’s Quaker Lace archives, resulting in new commissions that explore how the luxury of hand-crafted products intersects with mass production techniques.
Philadelphia Art Alliance ($20,000) for The Sitting Room: Four Studies: this project will incorporate commissioned works in the realms of furniture design, ceramics, plastic, textiles, glass, metal, and paper to create four installations based on the historical concept of the sitting room, and the Alliance’s history as a former residence.
Philagrafika($20,000) for Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious: for further planning by the curatorial team responsible for organizing the first international festival in Philadelphia devoted to printmaking and its contemporary implications.
Tyler Exhibitions at Temple University ($20,000) for Invented Cities: an exhibition that will examine the roles photographic images play in determining and portraying new urban imaginaries in rapidly developing cities across the globe.

PEI grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are selected by a distinguished panel of visual arts professionals: The 2007 panel included:

Peter Marzio (panel chair), Director, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Darsie Alexander, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Md.
Doryun Chong, Assistant Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
Tom Eccles, Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Hou Hanru, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute, Calif.
Leslie King-Hammond, Dean of Graduate Studies, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
Betti-Sue Hertz, Curator of Contemporary Art, San Diego Museum of Art, Calif.
Michael Monroe, Executive Director, Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle, Wash.
Wendy Weitman, independent curator, former Curator,Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C.

The Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative is one of seven cultural initiatives at the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage (PCAH), funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts.
Please note: Press Release, project descriptions, panel biographies and visual material are also on our web site at www.philexin.org or call 267.350.4930.

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