Outer Limits

Outer Limits, Art in City Hall

Art by Art Centers Bordering Philly Comes to City Hall

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia’s Art In City Hall program – part of the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) – opens its summer juried exhibit by artists from art centers bordering Philadelphia’s. The exhibit runs from June 25 – August 29th, and is located in the Art Gallery at City Hall, Room 116. An artist reception is scheduled for June 25, from 5-7 pm.

Outer Limits: Art Beyond Philly’s Borders paints a broad picture of the arts in the region, aiming to bridge a stronger connection to artists and community art centers that contribute to the cultural vitality of the Greater Philadelphia – South Jersey region. The exhibit features 29 works by 23 artists, including paintings in traditional and mixed media, photography, prints and ceramic. Over 200 works were reviewed.

Helen Haynes, Philadelphia’s new Chief Cultural Officer acknowledges the artistic strength of the region:

“We are thrilled to host this exhibit of our outstanding artists from the Philadelphia Metropolitan area representing the five-county region and South Jersey. We are all tied together through the creativity that enriches our environment, and speaks to our aspirations for vital and dynamic communities.”

The 23 participating artists are:

Nancy Alter, John Benigno, Jane E. Cary, Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes, Suzanne Comer, Constance Culpepper, Laura Ducceschi, Terri Fridkin, Ellen Grenell, Brenda Howell, Amy Kazakidis, Nancy Kress, Deborah Leavy, Veena Loftus, Karen Hunter-McLaughlin, Kim Mehler, Kay Moon, Val Rossman, Jane Rovins, Rashidah Salam, Norman Soong, Helge Speth and Nury Vicens-Rosenbusch.

The works were selected by four members of the Art In City Hall Exhibitions Advisory Committee:

  • Eiko Fan, Artist/Teaching Artist
  • Greta Greenberger, Director of City Hall Tours
  • Mary Salvante, Gallery Program Director at Rowan University
  • John Vick, Project Curatorial Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Submissions were received by artists from Main Line Art Center, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Perkins Center for the Arts, Community Arts Center (at Wallingford), Media Arts Council, Wayne Art Center, Hammonton Arts Center, Darlington Arts Center and Abington Art Center.

The Greater Philadelphia – South Jersey metropolitan area consists of five counties in southeastern Pennsylvania – Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia, and four counties in Southern New Jersey – Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem. Many residents from these communities either work in Philadelphia, or frequent Philadelphia’s world-class arts venues. We acknowledge this relationship in-kind by showcasing the extensive artistic talents that reside in our neighboring communities.

Art In City Hall presents exhibitions that showcase contemporary artwork by emerging and professional visual artists from the Philadelphia region. Encompassing a variety of mediums, techniques, and subjects, this municipal program is committed to presenting a diversity of ideas and artistic explorations.

The program strives to link visual artists with the larger community by providing the public with a greater knowledge and appreciation of their artistic achievements. The exhibitions at City Hall are supported by an independent Exhibitions Advisory Committee made up of local arts professionals. For more information on Art In City Hall.

The mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information on the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, visit: www.creativephl.org.

Tu Huynh, City Hall Exhibitions Manager

215-686-9912, Tu.Huynh@phila.gov

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