Susan Lewis

Arts & Culture Reporter

Susan is an arts and culture reporter for WRTI. She contributes weekly features to Creatively Speaking with Jim Cotter, produces arts news, and works as a news anchor.

She is also a freelance essayist, journalist, and speechwriter who has written about Philadelphia for Insight Guides and Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation's Culture Files.  A former columnist for Philadelphia Magazine, she is the author of Reinventing Ourselves after Motherhood and a book of essays. Her work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Child Magazine, Parents Magazine, Reader's Digest and Ladies' Home Journal (Parents Digest).

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Susan is also a lawyer, with a B.A. in Philosophy from Trinity College, Connecticut, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.  She has practiced law in New York City and taught entertainment law at Rutgers Law School in Camden.

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Creatively Speaking
9:41 am
Sat August 7, 2010

Mount Everest Explorer Conrad Anker--Art Collectors Dorothy & Herbert Vogel--Jazz's Jimmy Heath

Jim Cotter speaks with Conrad Anker. His 2007 expedition to Mt. Everest to retrace the steps of the 1920s British explorer George Mallory is the subject of a newly released documentary film from National Geographic, which opened at the Franklin Institute on August 6, 2010.

Susan Lewis considers art collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel and their gifts of 50 works to a museum in each of the 50 states, as well as related exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Creatively Speaking
12:16 pm
Sat July 31, 2010

Phila. Orchestra's Finances--LATE RENOIR at PMA--PHILADELPHIA ON STONE at Library Company of Phila.

Jim Cotter discusses the Philadelphia Orchestra's finances with CEO Alison Vulgamore and CFO Mario Mestichelli.

Susan Lewis explores the Philadelphia Museum of Art's summer show that examines the late works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Tom Keels takes us to Philadelphia on Stone, an exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia exploring how local lithographers have depicted their city from the 1800s to the present day.

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Creatively Speaking
12:03 pm
Sat July 24, 2010

Chamber Orch of Philadelphia--The Historical Society of PA--Entertainers of Reading Terminal Market

Dirk Brosse is the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's new music director.

Jim Cotter speaks with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's executive director Peter Gistelinck, who has just renewed his contract for five years. The Orchestra begins its season in the fall with a new music director, Dirk Brosse.

Susan Lewis considers the beginnings, evolution, and contemporary mission of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1824, the Society is now celebrating the centennial of its landmark building at 13th and Locust streets in Philadelphia.

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Creatively Speaking
4:09 pm
Sat July 17, 2010

BalletX in July--Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Wicked Philadelphia Continues

As BalletX turns 5 years old, Susan Lewis considers the contemporary ballet company and its summer program.

We listen back to Jim Cotter's recent interview with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the music director designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

As part of a companion series to his latest book Wicked Philadelphia, Tom Keels uncovers a notorious 19th-century, grave-robbing scandal that reached from the city's poorest to the highest ranks of its medical elite.

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News and Views
8:34 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

'The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at PAFA and the Delaware Art Museum

Creatively Speaking
2:53 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Claes Oldenburg--The Crossing's Month of Moderns--Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

Jim Cotter speaks with legendary pop artist Claes Oldenburg. The creator of two of Philadelphia's most iconic works of public art, he's been commissioned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to create a third.

David Patrick Stearns looks at "The Month of Moderns" - a series of concerts by the chamber choir The Crossing at the Presbyterian Church in Chestnut Hill.

Susan Lewis visits historic Eastern State Penitentiary ahead of its annual Bastille Day celebrations.

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Creatively Speaking
3:00 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

PRISM Quartet--BlobFest--Philly's Historical Interpreters--German Soc. of PA's Hardy Von Auenmueller

As PRISM Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary, David Patrick Stearns profiles the all-saxophone group that has built a repertoire of more than 100 pieces.

Susan Lewis looks at the way Phoenixville is reinventing itself through arts, culture, and entertainment. The former mill town is getting set to stage its 11th annual BlobFest - an event that kicks off with a reenactment of a scene from The Blob, the 1958 horror movie that made the Colonial Theater famous.

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News and Views
10:56 am
Mon June 28, 2010

'LATE RENOIR' Explored at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Girl in a Red Ruff, 1896
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French
Oil on canvas
Bequest of Charlotte Dorrance Wright, 1978

Philadelphia, PA – Late 19th-century French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir worked until his death in 1919. WRTI's Susan Lewis explores LATE RENOIR, an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which makes the case that artworks created by Renoir during the final decades of his career were among his finest, and a model for future generations.

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Creatively Speaking
3:44 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

The 50 Gifts of Art Collectors Dorothy & Herbert Vogel--The Perfect Square--Composer Maurice Wright

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel in 1975
Photo by Nathaniel Tileston

Susan Lewis considers art collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel and their gifts of 50 works to museums in each of the 50 states. Susan also looks at related exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jim Cotter speaks with author Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square, The Perfect Square, was published by Temple University Press.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles Philadelphia-based composer Maurice Wright.

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Creatively Speaking
12:53 pm
Sat June 19, 2010

Yannick Nezet-Seguin--Ancient Rome Exhibition--Wicked Philadelphia, Continued

Jim Cotter speaks with Yannick Nezet-Seguin - the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra - and gets reaction to his appointment from orchestra musicians and management.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks back to Yannick's first visit to Philadelphia in 2008.

Susan Lewis takes us to Ancient Rome. The latest exhibition at the National Constitution Center examines how the classical influence helped shape America.

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