Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Philadelphia: Not First Place, But the Winner

Ryan Trecartin is one of three finalists chosen for a new $150,000 Temple University prize for artists, and the only Philadelphian.

Philadelphia: Not First Place, But the Winner


Ryan Trecartin is one of three finalists chosen for a new $150,000 Temple University prize for artists, and the only Philadelphian.

Born in Texas, raised in Ohio, he's lived all over. How did he end up in South Philadelphia?

"I was moving around a lot with a group of friends," he told me yesterday. "We're all artists, and kept moving from city to city. We were in Los Angeles and had only one car. We all made a list of where to move. No one had Philadelphia as a first choice, but a lot of us had it as a third choice and all of us had it somewhere on the list. So we all did it."

The artist, at 28, is already getting profiled in the New York Times and selling work to major collectors.

Pictured: a still from A Family Finds Entertainment.

Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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