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

+ Mission

Philadelphia Contemporary presents visual art, performance art, and spoken word across the city through a dynamic model of collaboration and partnership.

+ Vision

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

+ Who We Are


Kerry Bickford
Director of Programs

Annie Chiu
Development and Operations Manager

Sunanda Ghosh
Director of External Relations

Dianne Loftis
Communications Manager

Harry Philbrick
Founding Director & CEO

Nicole Pollard
Program Coordinator

M Slater
Graphic Design & Digital Media Editor

Nato Thompson
Sueyun & Gene Locks Artistic Director

Yolanda Wisher
Curator of Spoken Word

+ Location

Philadelphia Contemporary is building a program of pop-up exhibitions and performances across the city of Philadelphia as it seeks a permanent site on which to build a long-term home. The building will be specifically designed to accommodate both visual and performance art as well as video, sound art and spoken word. Philadelphia Contemporary aims to create a building that embraces the emerging reality that artists are working across multiple disciplines.

In collaboration with various partner organizations Philadelphia Contemporary is building a pop-up program across the city of Philadelphia, marked by the dots on the map below. Please read further about our partners here.

+ Frequently Asked Questions

Why Philadelphia?
We believe Philadelphia will benefit from the creation of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary, independent contemporary art venue. Philadelphia Contemporary will be a vibrant addition to the cultural landscape of Philadelphia, and will reflect the vitality of the artistic and performative energy in the city, as well as its uniquely collegial cultural community.

Where is Philadelphia Contemporary located?
We are building a program of pop-up exhibitions and performances across the city of Philadelphia and its immediate surroundings as we seek a permanent site on which to build a long-term home.

Why does Philadelphia Contemporary need a building?
Philadelphia Contemporary wants a home for a number of reasons. One of them is pure practicality—it’s easier to mount visual art exhibitions, especially, when you have a dedicated space. We also want to create a sense of community around our projects, a hub where visual, performance, and spoken word artists can interact, and where the public can experience the synergy of different artists working and presenting together. Lastly, we feel there is a gap in the cultural infrastructure in Philadelphia that a new space could fill. There is no large-scale, column-free gallery for temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. So we hope to be able to rectify that with our building.

Regardless, public art will remain central to our mission; the construction of a dedicated Philadelphia Contemporary building won’t detract from that. The goal is simply to expand the possibilities for what we can bring to Philadelphia.

What makes Philadelphia Contemporary different from other institutions in the city?
Philadelphia Contemporary endeavors to show forward­-thinking, high-quality contemporary visual and performance art in the city. To do so, our programmatic and organizational structure emphasizes the principles of collaboration, flexibility, and experimentation. We believe that constant dialogue and cooperation with artists and performers, as well as partnering foundations, museums, and institutions, will ensure that our exhibitions are always bringing something new to Philadelphia.

What kind of programming will Philadelphia Contemporary present?
We will highlight the best of Philadelphia and bring a diverse array of national and international programming to the city. Projects will range from solo and group exhibitions of visual art to workshops and finished presentations of performance art, poetry, and contemporary dance.

Will Philadelphia Contemporary have a permanent collection?
Philadelphia Contemporary is non-collecting and will not keep any art permanently on display.

Does Philadelphia Contemporary show work by local artists?
Philadelphia Contemporary is committed to exhibiting works by a diverse group of local, national, and international artists working in all mediums. At the moment, we cannot accept unsolicited submissions.

Where can I learn more about Philadelphia Contemporary’s program?
You can sign-up for our newsletter to get the latest Philadelphia Contemporary news or discover our program on a variety of social media forums. You can also find details about each project announced on our homepage.

Can I volunteer with Philadelphia Contemporary?
If you are interested in volunteering, please email your resume to info [at] philadelphiacontemporary.org.

How can I contribute to Philadelphia Contemporary?
We very much welcome your participation in our diverse program around the city. If you like to volunteer for one of our events or donate to our institution, please contact our staff at info [at] philadelphiacontemporary.org.

Where can I receive press information?
Please contact our staff at info [at] philadelphiacontemporary.org to receive an invitation to access Philadelphia Contemporary’s media forum.

What is contemporary art?

We love that question, and try to find the answer every day.

Seriously, what is contemporary art?
The art of our time.