CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition – Practice Gallery: Picture Day

*PICTURE DAY in progress by Jaime Alvarez

*PICTURE DAY in progress by Jaime Alvarez


Picture Day

A Portrait of the Philadelphia Art Scene

PRACTICE, at Mount Airy Contemporary for Citywide, entrusts a free photograph of the Philadelphia Art Scene to the people in it.

On Sunday, October 6th, over 200 artists and art workers converged on the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to create a picture of the Philadelphia art scene. This picture was facilitated by PRACTICE, and taken by the photographer Constance Mensh, with assistance and process photography taken by Jaime Alvarez. While PRACTICE allows that capturing the image of an art scene is an impossible task, that the date and time of the event could never accommodate everyone, and that a small artist-run democracy had no hope of getting the word out to an entire city, the resulting photograph is a slice of Philadelphia’s diverse and lively scene and a thing to be proud of. A thing to make you smile. Those artists and art workers who could attend were counted and make an impact. Together we make art happen.

Every artist in the portrait is invited to Mount Airy Contemporary on Saturday, November 2nd to receive a free print of Picture Day 2013. Members of the public who did not attend PICTURE DAY will be able to pick up a copy of the free print while supplies last. Artist attendees will also be asked to sign a giant copy of the photograph. Images of the process of making the picture will be on view and citywide specials will be on-hand for the celebration.
Please forward this invitation to all your friends who attended PICTURE DAY, as we are unsure that we were able to gather every participant’s e-mail address.
Please join PRACTICE at Mount Airy Contemporary
Opening Celebration: Saturday, November 2 6-9
On view from November 2nd-December 7th, 2013
With a trolley tour on November 16th from 2-5pm
For gallery hours and appointments contact Mount Airy Contemporary
Mount Airy Contemporary
25 West Mt. Airy Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
PICTURE DAY: A Portrait of the Philadelphia Art Scene is a project for CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition (, a recipient of a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge grant.