Photography Gallery at UArts

The Photography Gallery

The Photography Program Gallery features contemporary photography exhibitions.

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The gallery offers a regular schedule of contemporary photography exhibitions by established and emerging photographers from around the world. Students in our Photography program have the opportunity to closely examine work from leading image makers.

Our recently expanded and renovated gallery space includes 75-100 linear feet of gallery walls, projection capabilities, and state of the art tunable LED lights on the 15th floor of Terra Hall.

Terra Hall
211 S. Broad St., 15th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Past Exhibitions and Lectures


The Winds of Africanus, archival digital print, 2017

Exhibition: August 23 - September 29, 2019
Reception: September 26, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Paradigm Lecture: September 26, 2019, 3:00 - 4 p.m.

“Shawn Theodore represents the new generation of contemporary visual artists who are using their gifts to combat negative stereotypes and foster images that reaffirm and empower. In use of his third eye, he makes his subjects who are all too often deemed invisible, not only visible, but relevant in a world where people of color are projected as unimportant, and irrelevant. His mastery of light and composition are evident in all of his stunning and insightful creations.” - Jamel Shabaz

Dinas Knees, unique ink jet print, ca. 2009

Exhibition: October 3 - November 3, 2019
Reception: October 3, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Paradigm Lecture: October 3, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

“Proximities is a forty year retrospective view of the various photography based projects by Philadelphia photographer John Carlano. From early chemically stained and otherwise altered silver prints to current digital manipulations of studio based figure tableaus, the exhibition surveys this artists curiosities regarding what a photograph is and how the processes can be altered, played with.”

Paradigm Lecture: November 14, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.


A Device to Forget, archival inkjet print and thread, 2019

Exhibition: January 17 - February 16, 2020

“Hillerbrand+Magsamen are a collaborative artist family who has made a series of work called Devices where they transform everyday household objects into devices for emotional survival.”

Lyng, inkjet print, 2016

Exhibition: February 21 - March 22, 2020
Reception: February 27, 2020, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Paradigm Lecture: February 27, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

“The Muxes of Oaxaca are considered to be the third sex in Mexico, they do not define themselves as homosexuals, they have surpassed this idea. They are rather considered to be a mixture between both genders, and people in a constant search for beauty.”

Paradigm Lecture Series

Mother applying sunscreen to her child in a hotel room, Orlando, Florida

Paradigm Lecture: September 5, 2019, 1:00 - 2:300 p.m.

“Amit Elkayam is a recent graduate of the International Center of Photography. Prior to moving to the United States, he spent three years in the Israeli army, where he served as a photojournalist. His recent work exhibits an uncharacteristically youthful and soft tone, that is both charming, naïve, and thoughtful.” - Clara Mokri


Waiting (Purgatory), archival pigment print, 2019

Paradigm Lecture: February 6, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

“Steph’s work is an examination of the prison industrial complex in the United States and its many tentacles that make incredible sums of money from the mass incarceration of a population consisting primarily (and disproportionately) of Black, Indigenous and Hispanic people. At its core, Foster’s work seeks to decodify Black suffering like what we are continuously bludgeoned with in popular media.” - Niama Sandy