Art Comes Alive on the Schuylkill


Seeing an artist’s finished product in a gallery or a museum is an exciting and engaging experience, but actually watching the piece come to life in front of your eyes is an entirely different opportunity—and it’s one that locals will have this spring right here in Philadelphia

Art in the Open runs from May 18-20 along the Schuylkill River Trail, just one block from your Edgewater apartment. Forty artists selected by a panel of renowned art curators and artists will line the trail, from Fairmount all the way down to South Street, for the three-day festival and will create works on the spot.

The participants will represent a range of genres, from sculptors to painters to installation artists to textile artists. While their artistic experience ranges, all of the featured artists will create work that centers on urban environments. Some may create paintings featuring the riverside views in front of them while others may craft sculpted works inspired by the city’s greenery surrounding them. Passersby may even serve as inspiration for or be featured in some of the works.

This marks the 10th year for Art in the Open, and organizers will celebrate that milestone with an anniversary exhibit running from May 10-June 30 in Philadelphia City Hall, one mile from your Edgewater apartment. The display features highlights of past works created at Art in the Open and represents the full range of mediums and talent. On May 16, art lovers can head to City Hall for a kickoff celebration of this year’s festival, which will feature the opportunity to mix and mingle with the 2018 artists as well as past participants.

Then the fun really begins that weekend! Stop by once to catch a glimpse of the creativity or visit each day to see how the artists’ works are progressing. Art is usually made behind closed doors but Art in the Open gives Philadelphians a rare chance to see the creative processes in action that can bring an idea to life.


Schuylkill River Trail

Schuylkill River and Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103



Philadelphia City Hall

1401 John F Kennedy Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19102