ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION
Founded in 2016, Philadelphia Contemporary is a contemporary art organization whose mission is to connect the people and places of Philadelphia through art and partnership. Currently nomadic, Philadelphia Contemporary presents visual art, performance art, and spoken word across the city, with ambitions to establish a freestanding, globally oriented, and locally aware non-collecting arts institution.
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.
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.
Respect and nurture art, artists, our staff, and our community; welcome and engage audiences; strive for excellence; embrace diversity.
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.
MEET OUR CONSULTANTS
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!