the history


By Charles T. Joyce


Rittenhouse Square Park is as historic as it is beautiful: It survives as one of the five original parks that William Penn laid out for the city he founded in 1683. It’s fitting, therefore, that our artists and their original fine art grace this ground, because the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is the oldest outdoor art festival in the nation.


In 1928, students at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,  read more...