Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts Building

Philadelphia Art Alliance



In an effort to help maintain the health and safety of our community, our galleries remain temporarily closed to the public.

Visit our outdoor exhibition, Resist Covid–Take 6! now on view in front of the Art Alliance and at other locations across our campus. 

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While the doors remain temporarily closed to the public, the Art Alliance continues its legacy as a hub for the arts in Philadelphia. Learn more about current renovations, exhibitions and more.

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Art Alliance Writers' Workshop

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.

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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.

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For any inquiries please contact us:

251 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Shelton Walker, University Chief of Staff & Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Sid Sachs, Director of Exhibitions & Head Curator

Michael Ciervo, Director of Exhibitions Management & Head Preparator

Mary Kay Kaminski, Program Coordinator