Madelynne Brynne Reilly (left), winner of the
September 2019 Student Award of Excellence.

Some of the best art colleges in the country can be found in our region along with many exceptional art departments in liberal arts universities. RSFAA reaches out to art programs in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York to invite full-time art students to apply for our June and September shows. As a result, the show is privileged to feature a juried group of fine art students working in various media. For the art students chosen to exhibit this is an important chance to interact with the public, offering a window into the outdoor art festival world which remains a vibrant part of the art market across the country. For collectors and those who appreciate and support the arts, getting a chance to meet artists during their time as students is a rare opportunity. Distinctive as a seminal moment in an artist’s trajectory, student work is often characterized by a raw passion for subject matter, a broad conceptual range, and an unmetered approach to creative decisions. We encourage visitors to seek out the students in the center of Rittenhouse Square Park and strike up a conversation.