Art Alliance exterior with a digital display screen installed in the foreground of the image on the left. A white banner reads Art Alliance at the University of the Arts in black text with a red UArts logo mark.

Art Alliance

Carrie Mae Weems, "Resist Covid Take 6!" (Installation view). Courtesy of the artist and University of the Art.


The Art Alliance galleries are currently closed for installation and will reopen on Friday, June 14.  

About the Art Alliance


The University of the Arts is committed to inspiring, educating and preparing innovative artists and creative leaders for the arts of the twenty-first century.

Uniting two century-long legacies, the Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts is a center that advances the work of makers, performers and practitioners. With a deep rooted understanding of the arts as interrelated allies, we seek new perspectives and generate experiences that investigate experimental impulses. Our fluid approach to the arts reflects our learning environment and cultivates inventiveness, originality and imaginative expression. 

In 2018, the celebrated Philadelphia Art Alliance merged with University of the Arts, uniting two century-old institutions as the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts.

Founded by playwright Christine Wetherill Stevenson in 1915 and located in the former Wetherill Mansion on Rittenhouse Square, the Philadelphia Art Alliance is considered one of the first multidisciplinary art spaces in the U.S. Its remarkable legacy included presenting the work of visionary writers, composers, dancers, musicians, sculptors and architects from Igor Stravinsky and Gertrude Stein to Martha Graham, Buckminster Fuller and Diego Rivera among many other dazzling luminaries.



Past Exhibitions & Projects
Nyeema Morgan and Abbey Williams headshots in front of a red graphic layout
In Conversation: Nyeema Morgan and Abbey Williams
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021
7-8:30 p.m., Zoom

Nyeema Morgan and Abbey Williams discuss their solo exhibitions on view at the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts. This virtual event was free and open to the public.




The Art Alliance galleries will be closed for installation until June 13. The galleries will re-open on Friday, June 14 with regular visiting hours, 12pm-5pm.

Gallery Hours: 
Tues          by appointment
Wed-Fri    10 am–5 pm
Sat            12 pm–5 pm 

The Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts is housed in a historic building with limited accessibility. Please be aware that there is no wheelchair access to the Art Alliance at this time. There are stairs leading up to the entrance of the Art Alliance and stairs leading up to each subsequent floor. The University is currently raising funds for renovations that will make the venue accessible and ADA compliant. We regret that these vital improvements are not in place for current exhibitions. If you have further questions about accessibility or would like to donate to help us fund future improvements, please contact our team by emailing


For inquiries please contact us:

251 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


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photo of Sid Sachs, Head Curator & Director of Exhibitions at University of the Arts
Sid Sachs

Director of Exhibitions & Head Curator

Michael Ciervo, Director of Exhibitions Management & Head Preparator

Mary Kay Kaminski, Program Coordinator