the show

The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is the oldest outdoor fine arts show in the country, with over 140 critically-acclaimed artists exhibiting in six different categories: oils & acrylics, drawings & pastels, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture & watercolor.

The show surrounds the perimeter of historic Rittenhouse Square, one of the oldest and most beautiful public parks in the country. Student artists exhibit in the center of the park.

Rittenhouse Square is itself centered in one of the most fashionable and upscale areas of Philadelphia, and is surrounded by fine dining, & shopping, and easy access to all of the historical, cultural and artistic attractions of the entire city. 

 

the history

In 1928 a small group of Philadelphia art students 

began hanging their work on clotheslines

in Rittenhouse Square.

As the students gained experienced and the

"clothesline show" became more popular,

professional artists also began showing their work.

As the show grew in artists and reputation

it changed from a local, then a tri-state

to a nationally-recognized show

featuring artists from across the country,

and sometimes further.