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Since its founding in 1915, the PAA has presented the work of artists and designers working in a wide variety of media, from ceramics and jewelry to textiles and sculpture. Each year we present up to twelve new exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and established artists. Rather than understanding “craft” as a class of objects, the PAA encourages visitors to consider “craft” as a verb. This broader definition means that our exhibitions encompass a range of topics and types of work, from useful and decorative objects to sculpture and installations. Our diverse program of exhibitions, inspired by our setting in a masterfully crafted domestic space, can thus be communicated to visitors in engaging and unexpected ways.

Philadelphia Art Alliance provides the perfect setting for groups to experience craft and design.   Within the halls of our 100 year old home, teachers and professors have plenty of space to discuss the work with their students.

We also provide touring services, where our curator can guide you through Wetherill Mansion and share with you not only fascinating knowledge about the artwork, but the building itself.

Contact us at info@philartalliance.org or call us at 215-545-4302  to arrange for Group Pricing or Tour Pricing.

Groups → 5 -10 persons 

   $.50 reduction per ticket

   10+ persons

   $1.00 reduction per ticket


Tours  →  5 -10 persons 

   $.50 reduction per ticket

   10+ persons

   $1.00 reduction per ticket 

+ $25 for tour guide 

Tasha Lewis

A Curious Nature presents the work of four artists who employ craft-based processes and materials that examine the ongoing changes in the relationship between humans and nature, as well as the artificially constructed (i.e technologically generated) from the hand made. Combining fiber with other craft-based materials (ceramics, installation and photography) A Curious Nature features the work of Caitlin McCormack, Linda Cordell, Tasha Lewis, and Emily White.


This exhibition embraces the recent resurgence of animal studies as part of cultural studies and the humanities, giving it fresh relevance contemporary visual arts. Theorists have recently begun to dismantle the idea of the animal/human dichotomy that has been inherited from the Enlightenment and the philosophical ideas of Descartes and Kant. This “Animal Moment” in the 21st century suggests a steering away from this divide, which disrupts the anthropocentric underpinnings sustained in traditional portrayals of animals. The artists in A Curious Nature all reflect this radical rethinking of the animal world. Set apart from natural surroundings in a context to be viewed as art, their work disbands the traditional ways in which we perceive animals and insects, and furthers the dialogue about the relationship of humans to nature through contemporary craft. Whether real or imaginary, domestic or exotic, each artist references science, anatomy and biology in their work to provide an alternative reference point to encounter the natural world in unique and innovative ways. A Curious Nature also exemplifies a new trend in contemporary craft that emerged in the last decade. Each artist engages in techniques and materials from multiple craft disciplines, combining them with fine arts practices. This transcends the traditional categories of fiber, ceramics, glass, and metal to post-disciplinary practices that also utilize photography and installation art.


Support for A Curious Nature is provided by The Coby Foundation

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