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Jan 23 2014

Philadelphia's 2014 Visual Arts Calendar

City’s Art Scene Makes Every Day Colorful

Philadelphia’s vast and vibrant art scene boasts daily, weekly, monthly and annual events that keep the culture calendar packed. Here are some of the recurring events making Philly a year-round visual arts destination:

Tour Time:

  • The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program offers a variety of tours of the city’s more than 3,600 indoor and outdoor murals. People see the city’s colorful walls during a guided walking tour of Center City, trolley tours through diverse neighborhoods and the Love Letter tour, which uses the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line as its mode of transportation—just to name a few. Most tours depart
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Sep 10 2014

What's Impressive About Philadelphia's Impressionism Collections?

A Major Paul Durand-Ruel Exhibit At The Philadelphia Museum of Art In 2015, Plus Works By Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cassatt & Others Around Town

In summer 2015, after stints at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and the National Gallery in London, an even larger version of the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibition will make its way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its only U.S. showing. On display from June through September 2015, this groundbreaking exhibit will showcase more than 80 impressionist works by some of the genre’s most significant artists: Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Alfred Sisley, all supported by the Parisian art dealer Durand-Ruel. While Discovering the Impressionists is

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Sep 2 2014

Philadelphia's Museum Shops Offer Artsy, Inspired Gifts

Beyond The Collections & Special Exhibitions, Museums Have Much More In Store

When it comes to combining culture and retail, there’s no matching the selection at the museum shops of Philadelphia and The Countryside®. Just beyond the main galleries and halls of some of the most venerable institutions of Center City, Bucks County and the Brandywine Valley, in-house boutiques sell creations that could compete with the exhibitions. Artisan-made jewelry and ceramics, carefully crafted home and personal accessories, fairly traded goods and endlessly educational tomes are among the finds for shoppers. Keep in mind: Most museums promote seasonal deals on annual memberships that offer both free admission and discounts on merchandise.

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Nov 10 2011

A Dozen Insider Tips For Touring Philadelphia's Art- & Culture-Filled Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Scoop On Free Admission Hours, Late-Night Happenings, Behind-the-Scenes Tours & More

The culturally rich Benjamin Franklin Parkway got even richer when the Barnes Foundation debuted its relocated collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings in May 2012, and visitors want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the many museums and cultural institutions that line the mile-long stretch. Read on for insider tips on how to tour the Parkway, including the scoop on free and discounted admission hours, late-night happenings, behind-the-scenes tours and only-in-Philly experiences.

Money-Saving Tips:

  1. One of the many benefits of the Barnes Foundation’s move to the Ben Franklin Parkway is its ability to provide members
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Tagged: Arts & Culture
Oct 15 2011

Three Artful Days In Philadelphia

The following itinerary is available on visitphilly.com/artlovers:

LOCATIONS: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Avenue of the Arts, Old City in Philadelphia

TRANSPORTATION: Foot, taxi, bus

DURATION: Three days and two nights

TRIP SYNOPSIS: Philadelphia is an art lover’s kind of town—one that’s bursting with beauty on the inside and out. The region boasts one of the country’s top five art museums, the world’s greatest collection of Impressionist works, an internationally lauded public arts initiative and some under-the-radar gems, all waiting to be explored, experienced and pondered at a pace that’s all your own.

FRIDAY:
Fuel Up

9:00 a.m. – Enjoy breakfast

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Jan 27 2013

Philly Galleries Set The Scene For Picture-Perfect Gardens

Art Often Comes With A Side Of Floral Beauty In Philadelphia

Throughout the Philadelphia region, art spills out of galleries and into the great outdoors. Many of the region’s galleries and museums are set amid colorful gardens, quiet woodlands or serene meadows that accentuate the art found on the walls. One of the most anticipated museum openings ever in Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation—renowned for its monumental collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings—has equally impressive open space and gardens for visitors to enjoy. Despite its expansive 93,000-square-foot new home, the Barnes features intimate settings, including indoor and outdoor gardens that accent its many masterpieces.

Here’s a look at some

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Jul 15 2012

The Opening Of The Barnes Foundation In Philadelphia Focuses Art World's Attention On The Culturally Rich Ben Franklin Parkway

Visitors Can Curate Their Art Experiences On visitphilly.com/withart

When the Barnes Foundation opened to the public in May 2012 (after the collection’s relocation from nearby Merion, Pennsylvania), the already-compelling cultural district along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia became the focus of the art world, and a new interactive website, visitphilly.com/withart, helps visitors curate their own plentiful art experiences.

To tell the whole story of the Parkway and the city, a growing list of organizations have partnered for the city’s first-ever coordinated and sustained visual arts marketing campaign called With Art Philadelphia™. Led by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and the City of Philadelphia, the $2

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May 30 2012

Quote It: Philadelphia Leaders Discuss City's Art Scene

Mayor Nutter & Collaborative Partners Talk With Art Philadelphia™

With the recent opening of the Barnes Foundation, the already-compelling cultural district along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia has become the focus of the art world. To tell the whole story of the parkway and the city, a growing list of organizations have partnered for the city’s first-ever coordinated and sustained visual arts marketing campaign called With Art Philadelphia™. Leaders from the partnering organizations—including the City of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Barnes Foundation—discuss the campaign, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Philly’s place as one of the world’s premier art destinations:

City of Philadelphia:

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May 15 2012

New Marketing Campaign—With Art Philadelphia™—Launches To Promote The Visual Arts

City Of Philadelphia, GPTMC & 14 Organizations Team Up For First-Of-Its-Kind Partnership

Just in time for the opening of the Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia campus on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the City of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) and 14 other civic and cultural partners today launched the city’s first-ever coordinated and sustained visual arts marketing campaign called With Art Philadelphia™. The two-year, $2 million (to date) campaign aims to leverage the energy of the Barnes Foundation opening in order to generate sustained attention on one of the world’s great art destinations, draw new and engaged audiences and spur overnight stays from visitors worldwide. With Art encourages visitors to curate

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Sep 26 2013

With Art Philadelphia™ Extended For Third Year

Campaign Aims To Show Why A Visit To Philadelphia Is Better With Art

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) and its partners are extending the With Art Philadelphia™ collaborative campaign to a third year, starting this fall. This decision follows two years of successfully showcasing Philadelphia’s impressive visual arts scene and establishing Philadelphia as a destination for art. The theme for year three will be “A visit to Philadelphia is better with art.”

“People are getting it: If you want to experience art, you should be in Philadelphia, and that’s the message we’ll keep promoting in year three,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC. “They come to see treasures by

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