Philadelphia Museum of Art

Samuel S. Fleischer Art Memorial

Philadelphia, PA

(215) 922-3456


Established in 1898, the Samuel S. Fleischer Art Memorial is one of the country's oldest and largest community based arts centers, providing tuition-free and low-cost instruction in the visual arts for adults and children throughout the Philadelphia region. As Fleischer moves into its second century, it remains committed to enriching and expanding people's lives through art. In addition to exhibition and performing series, Fleischer offers a wide range of artistic instruction, including painting, drawing, photography, print making, sculpture, ceramics, glass blowing, and paper making.

Fleisher has two regular exhibition series; the Challenge Exhibitions and annual exhibitions of work by our students and faculty. In addition, we often have special exhibitions. For example, this summer we have a show of worl by public school students who participated in the Architecture in Education program offered by the Foundation for Architecture.

The Challenge Exhibitions, launched in 1978, are regional juried competitions sponsored by Fleisher with curatorial assistance from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The series features twelve new or emerging artists every year and has become an important showcase for regional artists. The exhibitions are very competitive, with more than 300 artisti applying each year for the twelve slots. The intent of the series is to raise issues through art and "challenge" students, the public, and presenting artists.




Upcoming program: Annual Young People's Exhibition, Artwork by Saturday Program Students. In the Dene M. Louchheim Galleries Dec. 21 through Jan. 10



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