The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show (RSFAS) is celebrating its 95th year in the Square in center-city Philadelphia, securing its distinction as the oldest outdoor fine art show in the country. One hundred forty-five artists from around the country and Canada will return to Rittenhouse Square, September 16-18, for one of the nation’s best, originals-only fine art shows.
The Show began its history in 1928 by a handful of local art students exhibiting art on clotheslines strung between the trees in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. The students were known collectively as the Art Students’ League, and had come together at the Graphic Sketch Club, which is now the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial. The popularity of the “Clothesline Art Show” grew, and the show became an annual Philadelphia destination for tens of thousands of patrons who appreciate and collect fine art.
“It’s our mission to help fine artists share their artwork with others and we’re honored to enhance and enrich the history and the community of Philadelphia in this way,” says Sandra Sedmak Engel, professional artist and Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Association Board of Directors Chair.
The Fleisher Art Memorial will be part of the art show this September with a presence in the center of the park. More information and images of each of the 145 participating artists’ artwork can be found on the RSFAS website: www.rittenhousesquarefineart.com.
WHAT: The 95th Annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show WHEN: Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, 11 AM-6 PM; Sunday, September 18, 11 AM-5 PM WHERE: Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania