Carrie Mae Weems, "Resist Covid Take 6!" (Installation view). Courtesy of the artist and University of the Arts.
The Art Alliance is pleased to present Donna Dennis: Little Tube House and the Night Sky and Lois Lane: L from Aug 23-Oct 7.
Please note we will be closed, Sat, Sept 3 in observance of Labor Day Weekend.
Effective August 22, masks are optional for all members of our community and campus visitors in all of the university’s public spaces, including during performances, special events and other community gatherings, with occasional exceptions. Learn more about UArts' COVID-19 policies and response.
Aug. 23–Oct. 7, 2022
Opening Reception Sept. 8
The Philadelphia Art Alliance of the University of the Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of works by the American sculptor Donna Dennis.
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.
International in breadth and diverse in discipline, the center’s programming provides exposure to the unusual, the unexpected, and the provocative, stimulating critical dialog, In a historic venue, our community will continue to reconsider established notions of making and performing and to explore issues indicative of our time.
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.
University of the Arts is in the midst of envisioning and developing the next chapter of the Art Alliance as a multidisciplinary, contemporary arts forum in the heart of Philadelphia. Following its incredible history, the Art Alliance will once again be animated by leading visionaries of our time and aims to serve as a lively social hub–a living room for the arts in Philadelphia.
An exciting renovation is currently underway to update and restore the intimate gallery, performance and convening spaces of the Wetherill Mansion, which was originally designed by architect Charles Klauder and built in 1906.
April 8–June 3, 2022
The Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts is pleased to present an exhibit of four contemporary American sculptors: Sarah Braman, Kenji Fujita, Roy McMakin and Richard Rezac.
Jan. 19- March 4, 2022
The Philadelphia Art Alliance of University of the Arts is pleased to present the solo shows of Gracie Devito, Merlin James and Gabriel de la Mora.
Oct. 22–Dec. 10, 2021
The Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts is pleased to present the first Philadelphia exhibition of works by Sari Dienes. A brief litany of Sari Dienes’ life only begins to point to her importance.
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.
Aug. 18–Oct. 8, 2021
The Philadelphia Art Alliance of the University of the Arts is pleased to present the first Philadelphia exhibition of works by Nyeema Morgan. Morgan’s meticulous drawings, sculptures, and installations employ non-identical repetition and unexpected juxtaposition to prompt reflection on the mechanics of representation and its political/social underpinnings and consequences.
Aug. 18–Oct. 8, 2021
The Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of past, recent and new works by Abbey Williams. In this show, Williams uses the meandering historical spaces of the building to recontextualize her work.
Jan. 21–April 4, 2020
Invisible City highlighted and explored Philadelphia's significant contributions to visual culture in the 1950s through the 1970s with an exhibition, a publication and performances.
Visit & Contact
The Art Alliance is pleased to present our fall shows, both now on view until Oct 7:
Donna Dennis: Little Tube House and the Night Sky and Lois Lane: L.
Please note the Art Alliance will be closed Sat, Sept 3 in observance of Labor Day Weekend.
Tues-Fri 10 am–5 pm
Sat 12 pm–5 pm
In line with local and national guidance, masking is now optional for all visitors to University of the Arts.
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 email@example.com.
For inquiries please contact us:
251 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103