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Philadelphia Art Commission

Approving the design and location of construction projects and public art on City property, including streets, or funded with City money.

Philadelphia Art Commission

COVID-19 update: The Art Commission and its staff are working remotely. Please see our summary of how to get an Art Commission review.
Meeting notice: Our public meetings have moved online. The next meeting of the Sign Committee of the Art Commission will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. on the Zoom platform. Dial-in instructions will be available on the meeting agenda.

What we do

As part of the Department of Planning and Development, the Art Commission is Philadelphia’s design review board. It ensures that development in Philadelphia is beautiful, orderly, and appropriate so that the City is a desirable place to live, visit, and do business.

As part of its duties, the commission reviews the designs of:

  • All construction projects located on City property or funded with City money.
  • Anything constructed or installed on or over the public right-of-way.
  • All public art to be acquired by the City or placed on public property.

The commission was created in 1911 as the Philadelphia Art Jury. It became the Philadelphia Art Commission with the adoption of the Home Rule Charter in 1952. After more than 100 years, the Art Commission’s mission is much the same as when it was founded.

Read sections of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter that establish the powers and responsibilities of the Art Commission.

Connect

Address
1515 Arch St.
13th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email artcommission@phila.gov
TTY: (215) 683-0286
Social

Events

  • Oct
    27
    Art Commission Sign Committee meeting
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Art Commission Sign Committee meeting

    October 27, 2021
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Online via Zoom
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  • Nov
    10
    Art Commission meeting
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Art Commission meeting

    November 10, 2021
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom
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  • Nov
    24
    Art Commission Sign Committee meeting
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Art Commission Sign Committee meeting

    November 24, 2021
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Online via Zoom
    map

Resources

Members of The Art Commission

Name Role Email Phone
Jose Alminana Landscape Architect
Bridget Collins Greenwald Commissioner of Public Property
Sarah McEneaney Painter
Carmen Febo San Miguel Businessperson
Raed Nasser Member of the Board of Parks and Recreation
Robert Roesch Sculptor, Chair
Mario Zacharjasz Architect

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