Artship Olympia 

June 25 - October 2, 2016

Spruce Street Harbor Boat Basin, Philadelphia, PA

In collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum

Philadelphia Sculptors is embarking on a new voyage during summer 2016.  No need for sea legs – just bring your imagination!  In collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia Sculptors will launch “Artship Olympia,” an exhibition of site specific installations on the historic Cruiser Olympia, moored in the boat basin at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.  Artists will creatively reinterpret Olympia, giving voice and vision to its history, stories, and culture. Artworks will be bold, subtle, loud, calming, invigorating, and disruptive. What they won’t be is predictable. Visitors will have access to the exhibition during Olympia’s normal visiting hours with additional special events to be scheduled.

The artists selected for inclusion in Artship Olympia were chosen based on the consistency of their vision with the goals of the exhibition. Five artists/artist teams were invited to participate based on their prior bodies of work. Ten additional artists were selected by a jury consisting of: Craig Bruns (Chief Curator, Independence Seaport Museum), Jesse Lebovics (formerly the Director of Historic Ships, Independence Seaport Museum), Pepón Osorio (Community and Installation Artist and Professor, Tyler School of Art), and Sara Reisman (Curator and Artistic Director, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation).


Click the portraits below for more information about each artist’s project and bio.

Press for Artship Olympia

Philadelphia Inquirer
“Vessel of Art” by Samantha Melamed. June 24, 2016

Philadelphia Inquirer
"'Artship Olympia' makes a battleship into an artwork" by Edith Newhall. July 17, 2016

The College of New Jersey
MUSE Project Opens at Artship Olympia Exhibit in Philadelphia” by Emily Vogel and Kristina Robold. June 30, 2016

“Sculpture at Sea – Artship Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum” by Flora Ward. July 5, 2016


Leslie Kaufman, Director

Watsuki Harrington, Assistant Director

Samuel Thuman, Student Intern

Nicole Parker, Student Intern


PA Council on the Arts

Independence Foundation

Independence Seaport Museum

The Gallucci Creative Fund

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Scannapieco Development Corporation

Hyperion Bank

Individual Donors

$1000 - $4999
Bruce Russell
Keystone Trading Partners

$500 - $999
Matt Pappajohn

$250 - $499
David Matthews

$25 - $249
Elizabeth Miller McCue
Robert Bevilacqua
Barbara Clark
Marlene Cochran
Michael Grothusen
David Janiec
Melissa Kantesaria
Gregory Martino
Nikki Marx
Bob Menapace
Marsha Moss
Thomas Noonan
Kyong Parker
Mary Salvante
Robert Suskin
Robert Wallner
Bethany Wiggin