Pepón Osorio Receives 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts


Our warmest congratulations to Puerto Rican artist Pepón Osorio, who is one of the recipients of the 2017 Governors Awards for the Arts. Lancaster, Pennsylvania will be hosting the awards ceremony at the Lancaster County Convention Center on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00pm.

Artist Pepon Osorio, who has worked and exhibited throughout the country, will receive the Distinguished Arts Award, which honors a Pennsylvania artist of international renown. [. . .] All recipients will be attending an awards ceremony in Freedom Hall in the Lancaster County Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

The celebration of the arts will kick off with a day dedicated to music on Saturday, Oct. 21. Sunday, Oct. 22 will feature a parade celebrating the arts in Lancaster.

Monday will be dedicated to dance, theater and performance. Tuesday will feature film, photography and poetry, and Wednesday will celebrate murals.

[. . .] Osorio, a professor at Temple University’s Tyler School of the Arts, has worked with more than 25 communities across the country on long term art projects involving the real world.

Most recently, he was in the Fairhill neighborhood in Philadelphia, where, with the help of the community, he relocated an elementary classroom from a school that was closed, transforming it into an immersive, changing art installation.

He has exhibited at leading museum across the country, including the Whitney, the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art. Honors have included a John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation Fellowship.

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