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Let's Connect: Philly's Artists Take on the Barnes

May 21 – June 4, 2018

About the Exhibition

Let’s Connect: Philly’s Artists Take on the Barnes challenged the city’s artists to create a work of their own in response to a single work of art in the Barnes collection. More than 300 artists submitted work for consideration. Their submissions are now on display in an exhibition at the Barnes, where the public and a team of curators will vote for four artists to receive an on-site residency at the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes.

How to Vote

Register online and visit the Barnes while the Let’s Connect exhibition is on view. Your visit is free, but you must be registered.

Speak with our staff when you enter; we’ll sign you in, give you free entry, and hand you a ballot. You’ll be asked to view the Let’s Connect exhibition, make your selections, and return your ballot to staff.

Your votes will help determine which four artists will win a residency at the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes. 

About the Project

Albert Barnes taught people to look at works of art primarily in terms of their visual relationships. In arranging his collection, he ignored historical periods and cultural origins—the standard categories of museum display—instead mixing together works of art from different time periods, cultures, and media based solely on the formal analogies they shared. Let’s Connect challenged Philadelphia’s artists, community, and curators to respond to this methodology.

The project began in March with an open call inviting Philadelphia’s artists to select a work of art in the Barnes collection to use as a departure point for creating their own work for submission. The artists' submissions will appear at the Barnes in an exhibition running May 21–June 4, and the public and a team of curators will vote for four artists to be invited for an on-site residency in the Mural Arts Studio at the Barnes.

The selected artists will be given a three-month residency, an expense allowance, and come-and-go access to the Barnes. They will also host open studio hours to connect to the public.

Let’s Connect is a collaboration between the Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project is organized by Shelley Bernstein, Deputy Director of Audience Engagement and Chief Experience Officer at the Barnes Foundation.