About Art in the Open Philadelphia

About Art in the Open Philadelphia

Art in the Open (AiO) brings the action and intrigue of artistic production to Philadelphia's Schuylkill riverbanks. Here, free to all audiences, selected artists work with brushes, cameras, sewing machines, pens, and hammers, to respond to this historic and environmentally unique local setting. The public is invited to walk among the artists and observe their process of creation and craft up close. Park visitors can also make their own art at select locations along the riverbank path and join in related events offered by a wide partnership of the city's cultural organizations.

AiO celebrates the Philadelphia landscape as both inspiration and as an open-air studio for artists. From May 18-20, 2018, from Fairmount Water Works to South Street, AiO will explore the natural beauty and urban character of the Schuylkill River: where West Philadelphia separates from Center City and thousands of people enjoy a beloved recreational park of paths and views.

AiO 2016 Artist Miguel Antonio Horn - (Photo Credit: Nick Kulish)

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Art in the Open Team

Lisa Brown, President and CEO, Center for Emerging Visual Artist (CFEVA)

Genevieve Coutroubis, Director of Artist Programs, Center for Emerging Visual Artist (CFEVA)

Thom Kostura, AiO Project Coordinator

Deenah Loeb, Executive Director, City Parks Association (CPA)

Karen Young, Executive Director, The Fairmount Water Works (FWW).

Dionne Watts-Williams, Communications & Special Events Manager, The Fairmount Water Works (FWW).

Doug Meehan, AiO Webmaster

Special thanks to the Founding AiO Team Members: Ed Bronstein, Deenah Loeb, Mary Salvante, and Karen Jenkins

Art in the Open 2018 is produced through a collaboration between The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, City Parks Association, and Fairmount Water Works. The programĀ has been developed with and informed by input from our extraordinary volunteers, organizational partners and of course, the inspirations shared by allĀ AiO artists.

Art in the Open 2018 is presented through the PNC Arts Alive initiative. Major Support provided by The William Penn Foundation. Additional support provided by GD Loft and Ed Bronstein. Special thanks to our partners: The Schuylkill Banks, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Additional thanks to the 2018 AiO Jurors: Conrad Benner, Leroy Johnson, Alex Klein, and Mary Salvante.