Artists-in Residence


Launched in 1998, the Rosenbach Museum & Library’s artist-in-residence program was one of the first of its kind. It commissions artists to create original works inspired by the museum’s collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, manuscripts, and decorative and fine arts objects.

The Rosenbach first commissioned Headlong Dance Theater, a Philadelphia-based company known for its witty take on contemporary culture. The company created Ulysses: Sly Uses of a Book by James Joyce, based on the Rosenbach’s manuscript to the modernist masterpiece. The Rosenbach has since worked with visual artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers, graphic novelists, photographers, and others, commissioning at least one artist each year.

Puppet Performance
An original commissioned piece, this 30-minute theatrical adaptation captures the wit of Ulysses, while introducing the novel to the next generation of Ulysses lovers. More
Jazz Composition, Piano, Trombone
The third concert in the Civil War sesquicentennial concert series by Musician-in-Residence Dave Burrell. More
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Compositions, Jazz, Piano, Violin
The six new compositions in this concert give voice to the thoughts and feelings of the mothers, brothers, civilian spies, and runaway slaves all living in the war but rarely seeing the battle field. The tone of these compositions reflects the anxieties and fears of a population living in an unforeseeable future. Mr. Burrell dug deep into the Rosenbach’s archive to find inspiration for these bold new compositions. More
Nathalie Anderson
Nathalie Anderson is beloved by her pupils at Stiffel and as participant Harry Azoff noted, “there are not many experiences like this for Seniors and I’d like to thank both the Rosenbach and Nathalie for not forgetting us.” More
Bryce Dessner
Brass, Guitars, Music
Bryce offers up “The Lincoln Shuffle,” a series of short compositions inspired by Lincoln and the music of his era, featuring primarily brass instruments. More
Maira Kalman
Drawing, Journal
For Maira Kalman's Abe project she created “Finding Lincoln,” a 44 panel story based on the life of Abraham Lincoln, weaving in her own personal story about searching for Lincoln. More