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December 1, 2018 – March 24, 2019

Citizen Salon is a crowd-sourced exhibition in which curation becomes an act of listening to an expansive community. To mark the Arthur Ross Gallery’s 35thAnniversary, we invited our audience members to partner with us by selecting artworks to be included in the exhibition. Responses came from voices across the spectrum of the Arthur Ross Gallery’s audience – art historians and faculty from other humanities disciplines, scientist, practicing artists, and multi-faceted individuals from Philadelphia and beyond. Over 600 individuals participated as “citizen curators,” and among the 50 artists represented in the exhibition are Albrecht Durer; Audrey Flack; Henry Inman; Jacob Lawrence; Robert Savon Pious; Man Ray; and Betye Saar. Citizen Salon is organized as a reflection of the voices of our audience members.



  • Betye Sarr, Return to Dreamtime, 1990 University of Pennsylvania Art Collection Gift of Myron A. Portenar, M.D. and Anne Jaffe Portenar (C’49)

As part of the exhibition Citizen Salon, the Arthur Ross Gallery commissioned a new poem by Camae Ayewa to honor Marian Anderson (1897-1993), the celebrated Philadelphia-born classical singer and civil rights activist. Camae Ayewa performed this new work on February 27, 2019, on the anniversary of Anderson’s birth.
Click here to listen to Camae Ayewa’s performance


Friday, December 7, 2018 12:00 PM
Daedalus Quartet performs music by Borodin, Beethoven, and selections by Glazunov, Liadov, Sokolov,
and others from the collection Les Vendredis

Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Create a hand-lettered and illustrated Walt Whitman verse, as part of the celebration Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy

Saturdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Writing Workshop Series
Creative writing workshop drawing inspiration from artworks in Citizen Salon

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 6:00 PM
Reading / Performance
Camae Ayewa premiers a poetry and sound piece commissioned in honor of celebrated Philadelphia opera singer Marian Anderson, on the occasion of Anderson’s birthday

Wednesday, March 13,  2019 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Art + Data Hack-a-thon
Data analysis workshop with Citizen Salon responses and artwork metadata, open to all levels from novice to specialist

Saturday, March 16, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Printmaker Pop-Up Market
Philly-based printmakers set up shop in our space with works for sale

Thursday, March 21, 6:00 PM
Susan T. Marx Distinguished Lecture
Speaker: David C. Driskell, artist and scholar in the field of African American Art

First Wednesday of Each Month at Noon

December 5: Dr. Peter Conn, Philadelphia Athenaeum

January 2: Heather Moqtaderi

February 6: Penn Wellness

March 6: Lynn Smith Dolby

Join us for an inspiring gallery talk in 12 minutes flat!

Art Reset
A series of graduate student-led conversations based on works in Citizen Salon

Friday, January 25 1:30 PM  

Friday, February 15 1:30 PM

Free Docent Tours on Weekends from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM