Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA) is Philadelphia’s center for contemporary craft and design. An exhibition space housed in an historic building, which presents up to twelve new exhibitions per year, PAA hosts artist’s talks, exhibition tours, concerts, gourmet tastings, workshops for families and children, and much more!
Philanthropist Christine Wetherill Stevenson established the PAA in 1915 with the goal of uniting the arts by presenting music, theater, painting, and sculpture in a single venue. In 1926, the PAA moved from its temporary quarters on Walnut Street into Mrs. Stevenson’s family home on Rittenhouse Square. Over the years, the PAA’s offerings have included exhibitions by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Andrew Wyeth, Horace Pippin, Antonio Gaudi, George Nakashima, Man Ray, and Weegee, as well as readings and performances by W.H. Auden, E. E. Cummings, Dorothy Parker, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey.
From its earliest days, PAA’s exhibition program has featured the work of craftsmen, designers, and artists working in a variety of media. With this heritage in mind and recognizing an unmet need in the local arts community, PAA re-imagined its contemporary art exhibition program to focus on craft and design. Recent exhibitions have featured new work by Candy DePew, Gils Bakker, The Miss Rockaway Armada, Adam Wallcavage, Molly Hatch, Emily Spivack, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Song Dong, and Yin Xiuzhen.