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 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

Art Alliance entryway with wood paneling on doors and walls, white ceilings and a prominent UArts logo mark in red and white tile in the center of the image. In the background a lounge area with blue carpet and yellow and black accent furniture is visible.

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.

The Future
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.



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 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.

Gallery Hours: 
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

For inquiries please contact us:

251 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103



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

Director of Exhibitions & Head Curator
Headshot of S. Kleinman looking away from camera
Steve Kleinman

Creative Writing (BFA)
Director of Art Alliance Writers' Workshop

Michael Ciervo, Director of Exhibitions Management & Head Preparator

Mary Kay Kaminski, Program Coordinator