Our mission is to promote contemporary sculpture and serve as an advocate for sculptors. 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.
Philadelphia Sculptors was formed in 1996 by a small group of professional sculptors interested in establishing more visibility and opportunities for Philadelphia sculptors. We were incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1997 and received our 501 (c) 3 designation in 1999, identifying us as a non-profit, tax exempt organization. We are affiliated with the International Sculpture Center.
What We Do
A major focus of our efforts has been that of group exhibitions. Since we began, we have sponsored numerous group shows, both juried and non-juried. The locations have included private galleries, colleges, art centers, commercial spaces, and numerous alternative and nontraditional art venues.
Programs & Lectures
Another area of emphasis has been programs. We have had many public presentations featuring noted artists, curators, gallery directors, and other arts professionals.
In October 2002 we joined with Tri-State Sculptors (North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia) to host a sculpture conference in Philadelphia, co-sponsored by Moore College of Art and Design, the University of the Arts and the International Sculpture Center.
Members of Philadelphia Sculptors have presented workshops and after-school programs to students at both elementary and high school levels. They have also made themselves available for presentations to groups and to judge and curate shows.
Workshops & Demos for Members
Although our general meetings are open to the public, more specialized workshops, demonstrations, and studio visits are offered only to our members. These have included technical demonstrations of carving, welding, and casting, as well as a workshop on photographing art. We have offered workshops mold-making, casting, papermaking and the use of encaustic.