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Philadelphia Contemporary

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

our mission

Philadelphia Contemporary presents cross-disciplinary art that reflects the diversity and vitality of Philadelphia. We thrive through a dynamic and sustainable model of collaboration and partnership. We are developing a substantial new building as a permanent home: it will be accessible, welcoming, and surprising.

our vision

Create a globally oriented hub for contemporary art that is deeply rooted in the diverse communities of Philadelphia. Create a building that serves and delights artists, visitors, and enhances Philadelphia’s cultural ecosystem. Champion a vibrant and sustainable business model based on partnerships and collaborations. Educate and empower youth through art.

our values

Respect and nurture art, artists, our staff, and our community; welcome and engage audiences; strive for excellence; embrace diversity.

Announcements

EXPANDING OUR CURATORIAL TEAM

Robert Blackson, founding director of Temple Contemporary at Temple University, will join Philadelphia Contemporary as Co-Director of the museum’s Curatorial Program and Curator of Citywide Initiatives. Blackson will join Yolanda Wisher, Co-Director, Curatorial Program and Curator of Spoken Word, in joint leadership of Philadelphia Contemporary’s programs and exhibitions, and will formally join the institution on March 4, 2021.

Also, Nicole Pollard has been promoted to Associate Curator, and will work with Wisher, Blackson, and Director of Programs, Kerry Bickford, to continue to develop the museum’s programming across the arts.

Who We Are

MEET OUR STAFF

Philadelphia Contemporary is a non-profit 501(c)(3).
Hear more about how Philadelphia Contemporary got started on

WYBCX Yale University Radio here.

swabreen bakr

DIRECTOR OF STORYTELLING & DIGITAL STRATEGY

kerry bickford

DIRECTOR OF

PROGRAMS

rob blackson

CO-DIRECTOR OF CURATORIAL PROGRAMS & CURATOR OF CITY-WIDE INITIATIVES

annie chiu-mccabe

DIRECTOR OF LEARNING &

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

v. shayne frederick

SOCIAL MEDIA

COORDINATOR

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natalie harris

GRAPHIC & INTERACTIVE DESIGNER

natalia rodriguez

DEVELOPMENT

ASSISTANT

harry philbrick

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

AND CEO

nicole pollard

ASSOCIATE CURATOR

judith thomas

CHIEF OF STAFF

gee wesley

CURATORIAL ASSISTANT

yolanda wisher

CO-DIRECTOR OF CURATORIAL PROGRAMS & CURATOR OF

SPOKEN WORD

MEET OUR CONSULTANTS

de'wayne drummond

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

STRATEGIST

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sedakial gebremedhin

COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR

caralyn spector

FOUNDATIONS CONSULTANT

Get Involved

WE'VE GOT OPTIONS

Philadelphia Contemporary is always looking for new artistic partners who share our vision. Want to become one? Contact us here

 

Looking for other ways to show support? Attend one of our programs, become a donor (we work with every budget), volunteer at one of our events, or share our projects on social media.

Most importantly, don’t forget to keep checking our site for updates on our programs and events!