May 24, 2005 - Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI) - PEW VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM ANNOUNCES 2005 AWARDS
May 24, 2005


Edward Ruscha, BOY O BOY, Acrylic on book cover, 1992, Courtesy of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia

Pew Visual Arts Program Announces 2005 Awards

Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative

230 South Broad Street, Suite 1003
Philadelphia, PA 19102 
T 215-985-1254


The Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a visual arts artistic development program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts, has announced its 2005 grant awards totaling $824,460. Since its inception in 1997, PEI has invested nearly $7 million in exhibitions in the Philadelphia regiona commitment that makes this program unique among private foundations in the United States in both focus and level of financial support.

In 2005, the exhibition grant recipients and their projects include: The Fabric Workshop and Museum ($200,000) for a collaboration with artist-in-residence Ed Ruschathe 2005 U.S. representative to the Venice Biennale–to create a new artists book and to organize the first major exhibition of Ruschas work in Philadelphia. Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design ($197,200) for a solo exhibition of Latin American artist Artur Barrios work. Barrio is a figure of international importance who is virtually unknown in the United States. Institute of Contemporary Art ($200,000) for its ongoing Architecture & Design Series, to include newly commissioned site-specific installations by award-winning Dutch architects Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos (UN Studio), and the presentation of Peter Eisenman and renowned Philadelphia landscape-architect Laurie Olins collaborations. The Print Center ($150,000) for Taken With Time, presenting three newly commissioned works by internationally acclaimed artists Ann Hamilton, Vera Lutter, and Abelardo Morell, using a camera obscura that will be sited in public locations around the city.

PEI has also continued an important aspect of the capacity-building component of its program in the form of planning grants. Eastern State Penitentiary ($20,000) for planning a commission for MacArthur fellow Liza Lou to explore creating a site-specific installation of glass beads and crystals at the historic prison. Philadelphia Print Collaborative ($20,000) for planning for Philagrafika, a, new international invitational print festival that will take place throughout the city. Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia ($20,000) for the development of Sounding Site: Revisiting Historic Sites through Sound and Light Installation, in which sonic installations will be placed in under-known historic sites throughout the region. The Village of Arts and Humanities ($17,250) to work with artists Joyce Scott and Homer Jackson to develop plans for a multi-media exhibition Telling Our Stories, that will convey the stories and oral histories of neighborhood elders.

PEI grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are selected by a panel of visual arts professionals from around the country who have expertise in various aspects of the visual arts as well as a broad knowledge of the field. The panel for 2005 included: Lisa Phillips, Director, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY who served as panel chair Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director, Queens Museum of Art, NY Jan Howard, Curator, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Rhode Island School of Design Museum , Providence, RI Mark Richard Leach, Deputy Director, Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC Mari-Carmen Ramirez, Curator of Latin American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX Raymund Ryan, Curator of Architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA Debra Singer, Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Kitchen, NY Franklin Sirmans, Independent Curator, NY.

For more information, go to, or call 215-985-1254
Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative
230 South Broad Street, Suite 1003
Philadelphia, PA 19102 Paula Marincola, Director

Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI)
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