University of the Arts + Art Alliance

The Philadelphia Art Alliance has become part of the University of the Arts, bringing together two century-old institutions, both icons of art and culture in the region.

 

This joining of two of Philadelphia’s most historic and innovative arts institutions offers a rare opportunity to preserve and celebrate that extraordinary history, while creating a future that envisions even more exciting possibilities across a wide range of art forms.

 

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Overview

In the fall of 2017, the boards of the trustees of the University of the Arts and Philadelphia Art Alliance announced that the two century-old institutions would join. The vote of both boards was unanimous.

 

In January 2018, the Philadelphia Art Alliance officially became a part of the University of the Arts, renamed the Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts, under the executive leadership of UArts President David Yager and the governance of the university’s Board of Trustees.

 

The merging of the two historic organizations- the university celebrated its 140th anniversary this past year and the Art Alliance its 102nd -brings together institutions that have presented or developed some of the most influential and well-known artists of the past century. This joining of two of Philadelphia’s most historic and innovative arts institutions offers a rare opportunity to preserve and celebrate that extraordinary history, while creating a future that envisions even more exciting possibilities across a wide range of art forms.

 

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.

 

Who We Are

The Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts is an exhibition space housed in an historic building, presenting up to 12 new exhibitions per year. We host artist’s talks, exhibition tours, concerts, gourmet tastings, workshops for families and children, and much more! We welcome our visitors to experience craft and design in new and innovative ways.

 

Origins

Philanthropist Christine Wetherill Stevenson established the PAA in 1915 with the goal of uniting the arts by presenting music, theater, painting, and sculpture in a single venue. In 1926, the PAA moved from its temporary quarters on Walnut Street into Mrs. Stevenson’s family home on Rittenhouse Square. Over the years, the PAA’s offerings have included exhibitions by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Andrew Wyeth, Horace Pippin, Antonio Gaudi, George Nakashima, Man Ray, and Weegee, as well as readings and performances by W.H. Auden, E. E. Cummings, Dorothy Parker, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey.

 

What We Do

From its earliest days, PAA’s exhibition program has featured the work of craftsmen, designers, and artists working in a variety of media. With this heritage in mind and recognizing an unmet need in the local arts community, PAA re-imagined its contemporary art exhibition program to focus on craft and design. Recent exhibitions have featured new work by Candy DePew, Gils Bakker, The Miss Rockaway Armada, Adam Wallcavage, Molly Hatch, Emily Spivack, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Song Dong, and Yin Xiuzhen.

 

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