Visual Arts

2024 Sachs awardees

At a reception on April 30, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation recognized the 21 projects awarded grants for the 2023-24 cycle, totaling $210,000 in support.

Brandon Baker

Picturing artistic pursuits

Hundreds of undergraduates take classes in the fine arts each semester, among them painting and drawing, ceramics and sculpture, printmaking and animation, photography and videography. The courses, through the School of Arts & Sciences and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in an art form in a collaborative way.

Louisa Shepard

Media Contact

In the News

WHYY (Philadelphia)

What Philly arts leaders want to see from the city’s 100th mayor

The Institute of Contemporary Art has partnered with Taller Puertorriqueño to offer free bus service for residents of Fairhill to an ICA exhibition by North Philly native and artist David Antonio Cruz.


The Observer

On view now: Two shows on domesticity and the housing crisis

A review examines the group show “Movables” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, including pieces by Ken Lum of the Weitzman School of Design.


CBS Philadelphia

New class from Barnes Foundation and UPenn shows a new twist in art therapy

Penn professors, including James Pawelski and Katherine Cotter of the School of Arts & Sciences, are teaching an online class about art therapy with support from the Barnes Foundation.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Bolivia in Philadelphia: Mural Arts commissions renowned artist Roberto Mamani Mamani

Catherine Bartch of the School of Arts & Sciences, who first encountered Roberto Mamani Mamani’s art in Bolivia, is noted for encouraging the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies and Mural Arts to fund Mamani Mamani’s mural in Philadelphia.


The New York Times

On our National Mall, new monuments tell new stories

Paul Farber of the Weitzman School of Design is helping to curate “Pulling Together,” an open-air exhibition at the National Mall that will address some of the stories neglected by past monument makers.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Philly artist wins $100K craft prize for her work remembering Black ancestors

Philadelphia-based artist Adebunmi Gbadebo’s work, which sources materials directly from her enslaved ancestors, is on display at the Arthur Ross Gallery as part of the group exhibition “Songs for Ritual Remembrance.”