Art in the Open Philadelphia, May 16-18, 2014

Art in the Open Philadelphia, May 16-18, 2014

Art in the Open (AiO) is a citywide event that celebrates artists, their inspirations for creating art, and their relationships with the urban environment. Art in the Open debuted in June 2010, bringing a jury-selected group of artists to the Schuylkill Banks - from the historic Fairmount Water Works to Bartram's Garden - to inspire new ways of seeing the river and the city it runs through. Each Spring, a new group of artists is chosen to for a three day event, creating new works of art outside, in a creative process open to everyone.  

The public is encouraged to participate in Art in the Open by visiting often during the three-day event, to see the works of art evolve and talk with the artists about their creative process. By actively engaging with AiO, you become part of that process - shifting ideas of the art audience, and as part of the environment the artists are considering, influencing how the art take shape.

Partnering civic and cultural organizations throughout Philadelphia also offer extensive opportunities for public engagement with the event, showcasing the vibrant community of working artists, galleries and institutions that make Philadelphia a major Urban Art Center, and its two rivers: waterways which continue to inspire creative response and also serve as an ecologically critical lifeline for its residents.

Illustration: Work by Harry Bower, Art in the Open 2012. Photo © Karen Jenkins

2014 Participating Artists

Nancy Agati, Noemi Armstrong, Aaron Asis, Susan Benarcik, Harry Bower, Ellen Brooks, Lewis Colburn, Barbara Gesshel, Chris Esposito and Matt Greco, Josh Harris, Kaitlin Pomerantz and John Broderick Heron, Elizabeth Hoy, Heejin Jang, Tom Judd, Eun Hye Kang, Tyler Kline, Aaron Lish, Adam Lovitz, C. Pazia Mannella, William Oliwa, Ana Vizcarra Rankin, Sandy Sorlien, Robert Stark, Mat Tomezsko, Andrew Walker, Nina Weiss, Susan Wilson, Wendy Wolf

Illustration: Work by Mat Tomezko, Art in the Open 2012. Photo © Mary Foley

Please click on the below link for a complete list of past participating artists.

Download: aio_artists_2010-2012.pdf (35.6 KB) 2014 Participating Artists

Featured Events

May 10

Walking Tour: Fairmont Dam and Water Works

Saturday May 10, 2014

Walking Tour: Fairmont Dam and Water Works

Join Fairmont Water Works for a walking tour of Schuylkill River natural and historic sites.

Fairmount Dam and Water Works, Schuylkill Banks, Philadelphia. 

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May 14

Chari Towne Lecture

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Chari Towne Lecture

To celebrate the Schuylkill as Pennsylvania's 2014 River of the Year, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area has organized a series of speaker events that ...

May 16

Art in the Open 2014

Friday May 16, 2014

Art in the Open 2014

Art in the Open (AiO) is a citywide event that celebrates artists, their inspirations for creating art, and their relationships with Philadelphia's urban environment ...

May 17

Family Day at Art in the Open

Saturday May 17, 2014

Family Day at Art in the Open

Please join us during Family Day for family oriented activities for all ages, just outside the historic Fairmount Water Works. 11 am - 2 pm

May 17

Urban Design Tour: Parks and Gardens along the Schuylkill

Saturday May 17, 2014

Urban Design Tour: Parks and Gardens along the Schuylkill

Join Benjamin Cromie, AICP, who will lead an urban design walking tour of the Schuylkill River exploring the natural and designed elements that come together ...

Jun 07

AiO 2014 Exhibition

Saturday June 07, 2014

AiO 2014 Exhibition

This exhibition is the first in a series featuring the work of AiO 2014 artists.

Opening Reception: June 11, 4-6:30 pm

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