Showcasing contemporary artists, with a focus on Philadelphia talent, the Paradigm gallery space is run by artists encouraging other artists to exhibit their works. Their unique exhibitions are designed to be accessible and affordable to the community, both locally and globally. They have extended the gallery’s accessibility by creating a heavy social media presence and a collaborative project with HAHA Magazine.
A contemporary photography studio, the PPAC offers exhibition space along with workshops and lectures. It provides the public with tools for creating better photography and showcases seasoned and promising photographers. Engaging the local audience is a big priority; each year the PPAC has a ‘Philadelphia Photo Day,’ during which everyone is encouraged to take a photograph and submit it for an exhibition of each image.
The American Institute of Graphic Arts Philadelphia Space is a multi-functional location, providing a meeting hub for members of AIGA in addition to a gallery for exhibitions aiming to serve and educate the community. Heading to an event here is a great way to get to know the visual arts in the area.
If you are visiting the city the first weekend of the month, First Friday is a chance for you to explore over 40 galleries in the Old City area of Philadelphia and get a taste for the art scene in the city. First Friday is free, so it’s a cost-effective way for art lovers to find new galleries or what the up-and-coming talent is working on. The event runs from 5PM to 9PM all year round, rain or shine.
First Friday, 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA +1 215 625 9200
By Abbie Synan
Abbie graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Journalism and has since continued her passion for writing. When Abbie isn’t traveling or finding new places to explore and photograph, she calls Philadelphia home.