By Audrey Ward
The 2019 Pew Fellowships and project grants have been awarded! Each year, Pew Center for Arts and Heritage awards $75,000 to individual Philadelphia-based artists of all disciplines. This year, Maria Shaplin and Lisa Marie Patzer are two proud Temple alum among the winners. Additionally, the Center awards project grants to area organizations, and this year the Water Works has received a project grant of $260,000. Temple alum James Ijames will be working with Water Works to write and direct a new play, and he will serve as the project's co-artistic director.
Maria Shaplin received her MFA in Lighting Design from Temple University in 2008. In addition to lighting, Maria practices graphic and web design. Although she works on many forms of performance, Maria is especially versed in devised processes, new play development, experimental performance and game design. Maria is a Barrymore award winner and the co-founder of Applied Mechanics, a collective who devises immersive, multi-narrative plays.
Lisa Marie Patzer (’13) received her MFA from Temple in film and media arts. Patzer’s new media installations interrogate how emerging technologies—and the ideologies that inform their production—shape our lives and influence visual culture. Processing foundational components of technology like pixels, algorithms, and glitches as aesthetics unto themselves, Patzer explains that her work “reflects what it means to think, see, and filter experience” through these often-unseen mechanisms. Her recent installation A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy examined the interpretation of privacy laws in the digital age and invited viewers into an immersive video surveillance environment at Philadelphia’s Icebox Project Space. Patzer’s work has also been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Vancouver; and The Lab, San Francisco; among other venues.
James Ijames graduated from Temple University in 2006 with an MFA in acting. He will write and direct a new play as part of Water Works' exhibition Pool: A Social History of Segregation. Set inside a now-vacant public pool at the Fairmount Water Works, site-specific installations examine the history and present-day implications of segregated swimming pools in America. Iljames’s piece will delve further into the social history of pools through character-driven narratives. Ijames will serve as co-artistic director of the project along with designer and educator Victoria Prizzia.
We’re so proud of these Owls and excited to see what they will be up to next!