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 currently closed and will re-open Tuesday, August 23, 2022 with Donna Dennis: Little Tube House and the Night Sky.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance remains committed to the health and safety of its visitors. Effective April 1, we are no longer requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for campus visitors. All visitors must wear a mask that securely covers their nose and mouth at all times while on campus unless actively eating or drinking. Learn more about UArts' COVID-19 policies.

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



The Art Alliance is currently closed for de-installation and will reopen in August.

Gallery Hours beginning in August: 
Wed-Fri    10 a.m–5 p.m.
Sat            12 p.m.–5 p.m. 

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

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