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About

Who We Are

The Orchard Art Collective was established to provide a space for experimentation, exploration, and education for our collective members and the community of Philadelphia. The founding members sought to pool their resources, artistic proficiencies, and experience to create an environment of creative nourishment. The Orchard Art Collective is a flex space consisting of a gallery for exhibition, a workspace for innovation, and a classroom for workshops and classes. The collective also hosts events and activities that enhance artistic aspirations in the community.

The collective’s focus incorporates both young and old, new and ancient, and sees the importance of both. We feel that artistic expression can truly be unleashed when an artist can embrace modern innovations while simultaneously cherishing practices that have been part of our human experience since our fruition. Members have a wide array of artistic skills and backgrounds, ranging from the traditional to contemporary. Classical representational of the human figure and hand thrown pottery exist side by side with digital technologies and state of the art visual mediums. We encourage this material diversity and love sharing our passions with the community.

Co-Founder

Charlie Cunningham

Charlie is a multi-media artist, sculptor, and educator based in Philadelphia.

Co-Founder & Director

Yelizaveta Masalimova

Yelizaveta (aka Liza) is a Ukrainian-American multi-media figure sculptor, artist, and educator living in Philadelphia.

Artist & Educator

Roberto Lugo

Roberto is an American potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator.

Artist & Technologist

David Cool

David explores the intersection between art, math, music & digital fabrication processes.

Graphic & Web Designer

Nancy Kam

Nancy is a Korean-American freelance designer from Philadelphia.

Our Space

We are located in the American Silk Studios Building in the historic Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Built in 1895, the brick building originally housed the American Silk factory. The space has exposed brick and wooden beams, with refurbished details like the windows and floor, which are original to the building. Our space is equipped with gallery walls for hosting exhibitions, as well as studio materials and equipment for art creation, workshops, classes and art events.  Thanks to executive member David Cool, we now have four digital projectors permanently installed to create immersive visual experiences, screenings, and performances.

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