United States

Crane Arts Building, 1400 North American Street
Phone: 215 629 1103
Website: http://www.nexusphiladelp

Nexus, Foundation For Today's Art

Established in 1975, NEXUS/foundation for today’s art is as an artist-run, non- profit gallery space dedicated to supporting local emerging and experimental artists engaged in new art practices. Nexus presents challenging, innovative and compelling exhibitions of contemporary art that stimulate creative thought and dialog among the public, increasing awareness to the meanings and methods behinds today's art.

Nexus was conceived at a time when very few non-commercial galleries existed in Philadelphia. The founders of Nexus, three artist/educators, Suzanne Horvitz, Vivian Golden and Sandra Lerner sought to create an exhibition space for emerging artists working with new mediums and concepts that would act as a forum on contemporary art. As the first artist-run cooperative in Philadelphia, Nexus was, and continues to be, committed to the professional presentation of the artist’s work and the education of the public about contemporary art issues.

Recognizing the opportunities an exhibition space like this would provide, many of Philadelphia’s most interesting artists were quickly attracted to Nexus, a pattern that is still evident today. Resident artists view Nexus as a launching pad for their artistic careers as well as a venue that enables them to present their work with complete creative control, free of censorship and commercial restrictions. Many of Nexus’ resident artists and alumni have achieved recognition and acclaim for their work. Since the gallery’s inception, Nexus resident artists have received nine Pew Fellowships in the arts, ten Independence Foundation Fellowships, and seven Leeway Foundation Emerging Artist awards. [ Read all ]


Group and solo exhibitions from emerging contemporary visual artists. Exhibitions change monthly.

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Forthcoming exhibitions

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Opening hours

Wednesday-Sunday, noon-6pm, some evening hours based upon current programming - please check website.

Getting there

NEXUS is located in the Crane Arts Building located at 1400 N. American St. 2 blocks north of Girard Avenue between 2nd and 3rd streets.

There is plenty of FREE street parking.

We are conveniently located near 3 Septa stops.

Route 15 trolley - get off at 2nd and Girard, walk two blocks North on American Street

Route 47 bus - get off at 3rd and Girard, walk a block East on Girard and two blocks North on American Street

Market Frankford Line - get off at Front and Girard, walk two blocks West to 2nd Street and two blocks North on American Street

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News and events

Although many of the art schools in Philadelphia prepare their students technically for the world outside of college, it is rare for students to get a hands-on opportunity to work with and learn from artists who are practicing in the real world. Many graduating seniors also give up the notion of committing themselves to their artwork a few years out of college because they do not understand how to promote themselves as artists or manage their time effectively. NEXUSselects was designed with these concerns in mind, utilize the experienced, professional artists involved in our artist membership to educate and enlighten graduating seniors in what it means to be an artist outside of college. The artist membership at NEXUS are the perfect mentors for these students, as almost every member works a full or part time job and pursues their artwork not as a hobby, but as a passion. The juried exhibition component of NEXUSselects allows these younger artists to take part in a competitive process that is limited solely to students (competitive juried exhibitions are typically limited to artists outside of school) and to exhibit their work in a high profile exhibition space.