Alumni Win 2012 Pew Fellowships in the Arts

Alex Da Corte BFA '04 (Printmaking/Fine Arts), Meg Foley BFA '91 (Modern Dance) and Anthony Smyrski BFA '02 (Graphic Design) to each receive $60,000 award

"BLRBBB!" by Alex Da Corte.

July 10, 2012

Alex Da Corte BFA '04 (Printmaking/Fine Arts), Meg Foley BFA '91 (Modern Dance) and Anthony Smyrski BFA '02 (Graphic Design) are among the winners of the 2012 Pew Fellowships in the Arts, announced recently by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Each alum will receive a $60,000 award, which is given annually to up to 12 artists of exemplary talent in the five-county Philadelphia area.

Da Corte, a sculptor who has been called "an heir to the American school of pop" by Interview magazine, dissects and reconfigures items found in grocery stores, IKEA showrooms and other outposts of consumer culture. He received his MFA in Sculpture from Yale and has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally.

Scene from one of Foley's Moving Parts performances.

A choreographer who creates dance out of ordinary, everyday movements and gestures, Foley is the director of Moving Parts, a Philadelphia-based project that aims to be a familial dance think tank with a group of steady collaborators exploring how art environments are made as they are built.

2010 Megawords exhibition at Printed Matter, a non-profit organization that promotes publications made by artists.

Smyrski, a creative director, artist and cultural producer, was named a Pew Fellow as part of a collaborative team with Dan Murphy, who he partnered with in 2005 to found the experimental media project Megawords. Through Megawords, they explore their vision and interpret their environment through print, sound and motion.

Established by the Pew Charitable Trusts in 1991, Pew Fellowships in the Arts assist the region's most talented artists in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support accompanied by a set of customized, focused professional- and career-development resources. Fellowships may be awarded to artists at any stage of their career development and to artists working in a wide range of aesthetics and traditions.

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