Philadelphia Sculptors was formed in 1996 by a small group of professional sculptors interested in establishing more visibility and opportunities for Philadelphia sculptors. Our mission is to promote contemporary sculpture and to serve as an advocate for sculptors. Currently, we have almost 300 members.
Our objective is to expand public awareness of the role and value of sculpture within our culture through exhibitions, public forums, member services, and educational outreach. Our activities fall into a number of categories.
A major focus of our efforts has been that of group exhibitions, including shows at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Washington Square in Washington, DC, Woodmere Art Museum and the Federal Reserve Bank exhibitions in Philadelphia. We have had exchange shows with Hungarian Sculptors, with our members travelling to Budapest and their members coming to Philadelphia. A major project was our international exhibition, Global Warming at the Icebox, which attracted over 1500 people. We are always initiating new projects and exhibitions, seeking fresh ideas and venues where sculptors from the region and the world can reveal their creativity.
Our Members Web Gallery provides PS members with the opportunity to exhibit their work to anyone who has an internet connection and a web browser.
We sponsor an annual student show, "5 into 1," open to graduating sculpture students at Philadelphia's institutions of higher learning. This year's participants attended Moore College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, The University of the Arts and University of Pennsylvania.
In order to communicate with our members, we publish a newsletter and send out news updates, which we send to all PS members. This includes general information about our activities, exhibition and employment opportunities, reviews of sculpture shows, information on resources and materials, and any other topics we feel would be of interest.
PS membership is open to all sculptors, art lovers, art professionals, teachers and students.