Art & Culture at University of Pennsylvania
Penn’s Art and Culture opportunities resonate with the core values of the Penn Compact.
Students and faculty engage questions of art and culture both locally and globally by taking classes in a wide variety of departments and programs; joining civic engagement programs such as the academically-based service courses; attending public discussions of cutting edge scholarly issues at the Penn Humanities Forum; or enjoying a range of opportunities at the Platt Student Performing Arts House. This community also makes use of the campus’s remarkable art and culture institutions, including the Annenberg Center, a state-of-the-art performance venue; the Kelly Writers House, a unique contemporary writing hub; three internationally-renowned museums—the Institute for Contemporary Art, where Andy Warhol had his first solo show, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, one of the most important museums of its kind in the world, and the living museum of the Morris Arboretum; the Penn Library’s Special Collections Center, where students can examine rare manuscripts and books; the Arthur Ross Gallery, an intimate on-campus Kunsthalle; WXPN radio station—don't miss the Friday free@noon concerts; and the Charles Addams Hall Gallery, an exhibition space for undergraduates in Fine Arts and Architecture.
Philadelphia is an ever more vibrant center for art and culture. The opening of the Barnes Foundation, the re-opening of the restored Rodin Museum, the ongoing expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Mural Arts Program (the nation’s largest), the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, and the successful launch of both Make Music Philly and the new, biennial Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts are only a few of the signs that Philadelphia’s visionary role in the realm of art and culture continues to grow. Freshman Art & Culture Seminars on a range of topics--including theater, art history, writing, and global music--give students the chance to engage the city with a faculty member as their guide, while paid internships in various cultural institutions in Philadelphia and beyond expand access to internship experiences, and allow students from all backgrounds to develop expertise in art and culture management, curating, performance, civic engagement, urban development, and education. When not studying art and culture in the classroom, students can wander down the Avenue of the Arts and enjoy discounted concert and theater tickets; join city residents for an art crawl on the first Friday of the month, when over forty galleries open their doors; or explore many of the other creative spaces around the city including the Asian Arts Initiative, Scribe Video Center, International House, the Slought Foundation, The Paul Robeson House, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum. The energy of the city’s art scene combines with the historic diversity of the city to make Philadelphia one of the most interesting and dynamic places for scholars, artists and performers to live and work.