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Pew Fellowships in the Arts go to CAConrad and Pattie McCarthy

By Harriet Staff

It’s been on the poetry grapevine for weeks, but the official press release came out today! The 2011 Pew Fellows in the Arts have been announced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and they include poets CAConrad and Pattie McCarthy. Awarded by a panel of experts across the disciplines, the $60,000 fellowships annually go to 12 artists and writers in the Philadelphia area, and in an economy of near-constant minimizing of arts support, they are undoubtedly something to appreciate.

The 2011 Pew Fellows in the Arts are:

* Charles Cohen (electronic musician and composer)
* CAConrad (poet)
* Jorge Cousineau (set designer)
* Joy Feasley (visual artist)
* Chris Forsyth (guitarist and composer)
* Jane Irish (visual artist)
* Tania Isaac (choreographer)
* Pattie McCarthy (poet)
* Brian Philips (architect)
* Tim Portlock (visual artist)
* Matthew Suib (visual artist)
* Jamaaladeen Tacuma (visual artist free-jazz bassist, composer, and band leader)

Interestingly, this is the second year of a new approach to the awarding process. PFA writes:

These gifted artists make up the second group to be awarded fellowships under PFA’s redesigned, multi-level review process begun in 2010, through which artists are nominated and then invited to apply to the program. The nominations allow for all artistic disciplines to be considered in any given year, including those which did not have a place in previous years. For example, Jorge Cousineau, a set designer who also specializes in lighting design, videography, and music composition, would not have fit readily into PFA’s former designated artistic disciplines. In addition, the nomination process has introduced the program to artists such as Chris Forsyth and Pattie McCarthy, who had not been applicants prior to their nominations this year.

Congratulations to all the grantees! Looks like Conrad might really be able to fund the Poetry Hotel!

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Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.