Carrie Mae Weems, "Resist Covid Take 6!" (Installation view). Courtesy of the artist and University of the Arts.
The Art Alliance is now open and featuring an exhibition by Sari Dienes.
Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
The Art Alliance will close Wednesday, Nov. 24, and reopen Wednesday, Dec. 1.
As Philadelphia continues its reopening process, the Philadelphia Art Alliance remains committed to the health and safety of its visitors. We will continue to follow all guidelines and recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and local health officials. University of the Arts is a vaccine required community, with few exceptions. As such, all Art Alliance guests must be fully vaccinated, and masks are required in the galleries.
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.
The Art Alliance Writers' Workshop is for emerging writers who work in fiction, non-fiction, and/or poetry. Participants improve their writing while working with an accomplished cohort over a year of intensive courses. Upon completion of coursework, students earn a certificate in Creative Writing.
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.
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 now open.
Wed-Fri 10 a.m–5 p.m.
Sat 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
The galleries will be closed Wed, 11/24-Fri, 11/27.
As Philadelphia continues its reopening process, the Philadelphia Art Alliance remains committed to the health and safety of its visitors. We will continue to follow all guidelines and recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and local health officials. University of the Arts is a vaccine-required community, with few exceptions. As such, all Art Alliance guests must be fully vaccinated, and masks are required in the galleries.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For inquiries please contact us:
251 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103