Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts Building

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The Art Alliance is now open and featuring exhibitions by Nyeema Morgan and Abbey Williams.
Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday from 10-5 and Saturday from 12-5.

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.

Current Exhibitions & Projects:

Upcoming:

Past Projects:

Programs

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

 

Mission
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. 

Vision
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.

History
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.


The Art Alliance is now open. 

Gallery Hours beginning August 18: 
Wed-Fri    10–5
Sat            12 – 5 (closed Sat, September 4)

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.

Accessibility
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 artalliance@uarts.edu.


For inquiries please contact us:

251 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

215-545-4302
artalliance@uarts.edu

Shelton Walker, University Chief of Staff & Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
shwalker@uarts.edu

Sid Sachs, Director of Exhibitions & Head Curator
ssachs@uarts.edu

Michael Ciervo, Director of Exhibitions Management & Head Preparator
mciervo@uarts.edu

Mary Kay Kaminski, Program Coordinator
mkaminski@uarts.edu

Steven Kleinman, Director of Art Alliance Writers' Workshop
skleinman@uarts.edu