Art in the Open 2018

Art in the Open 2018

Art in the Open (AiO) is a biennial citywide event that celebrates artists, their inspirations, and their relationships with the urban environment. The program, now entering its tenth year, was designed to shape community through art experiences that bridge the Philadelphia’s outdoor spaces, natural areas, and historic waterways for the enjoyment of the general public. The 2018 events were presented through the PNC Arts Alive initiative with major support from the William Penn Foundation.

In May 2018 a group of 33 jury-selected artists and collaborative teams worked in all media along the banks of the Schuylkill River, from the Fairmount Water Works to South Street. They developed artwork inspired by the river and the city it runs through.

From dawn until dusk over the course of three days, visitors of all ages witnessed new works of art evolve while engaging with a vibrant community of artists--in some cases becoming part of the creative process.


Mary Salvante, Curator and Gallery Director, Rowan University Art Gallery

Conrad Benner, Independent Curator, Founder and Editor, Streets Dept

Leroy Johnson, Philadelphia-based Mixed Media Artist

Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE'60) Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

Lead Partners

Center for Emerging Visual Artists

City Parks Association

Fairmount Water Works

AiO 2016 Artist BYO Print (Photo Credit: John C. Anderson)