Select images from throughout ICA’s exhibition history. See more detailed description at the bottom of the page.

ICA is a launchpad for contemporary art and ideas, and a place of possibility. We create transformative experiences with art across disciplines and encourage bold experimentation, deep connection, and boundless curiosity among artists and audiences alike.

Our Mission is informed by our core values of Collaboration, Experimentation and Learning: 

  • Collaboration: We believe that working in partnership creates a more resilient, thriving, and joyous world. We engage with artists and organizations to build inclusive, vibrant creative ecosystems on campus, throughout Philadelphia, and beyond.
  • Experimentation: We believe that risk-taking leads to the freedom necessary for cultural transformation. We support artists to make daring, cross-disciplinary projects that defy expectations, disrupt form, and challenge the status quo—advancing practices across the fields of art and culture.
  • Learning: We believe that creative thinking is foundational to how we grow as individuals and collectively evolve. We are an evolving community of practice that produces vital scholarship and generous, bold programming that inspire conversations across disciplines, ages, classes, races, and abilities.

ICA was founded in 1963 by the visionary dean of the School of Fine Arts (today’s Weitzman School of Design), Holmes Perkins, who wanted to expose students to what was “new and happening” in art and culture. In the decades since ICA has developed an international reputation as a preeminent venue for contemporary art and culture. A non-collecting museum, ICA is also one of the only kunsthalles in America. As part of the University of Pennsylvania, our artist-centric program is complemented by the intellectual rigor of a premier academic institution.

Since our founding, ICA exhibitions have aimed to bring under-recognized artists to the attention of the broader world. This was true in 1965 when we organized Andy Warhol’s first ever solo museum show, helping propel him to superstardom; when we presented early shows of artists like Laurie Anderson, Richard Artschwager, Vija Celmins, Karen Kilimnik, Charles LeDray, Barry Le Va, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Damian Ortega, Pepon Osorio, Tavares Strachan, and Cy Twombly; and it remains true today.

Curatorial Project Manager and Administrative Coordinator
Marc J. Leder Director of Curatorial Affairs
Public Engagement Project Manager & Administrative Coordinator
Assistant Director Annual Fund and Individual Giving
DAJ Director of Public Engagement & Research
Part-Time Digital Content Coordinator
Assistant Director for Development Communication & Events
Associate Director of Grants and Planned Giving

David E. Simon

Bryan S. Verona

Danielle M. Anderman
Debbie August
Sascha Bauer
Julie L. Bernstein
Laura Tisch Broumand
Catherine Carrafiell
Jung Chai
Christopher J. D’Amelio
Julie Nelson Davis**
Suzanne Doft
Benjamin M. Frost
Glenn Fuhrman
Stacey M. Goergen
Andrea B. Laporte
Lina Lazaar
Marc J. Leder
Jennifer Otto-Klein
Tricia Pantzer
Tara Mark Rosenblum
Allison Rubler
Katherine Sachs*
Joline Stemerman
Mark W. Strong
Brett Sundheim
Lise Wilks

* Emerita
** Ex-officio


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Top (left to right): (1) Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick at ICA, 1965; (2) Visitors viewing First Among Equals, 2012; (3) Visitors viewing Six Visions, 1973; (4) Visitors embracing during ICA’s Spring 2023 Exhibition Celebration 
Bottom (left to right): (1) Exhibition tour with artist Polly Apfelbaum, 2002; (2) Elementary school students visit Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming, 1998; (3) Artists Nayland Blake and Dusty Shoulders at ICA’s Spring 2018 Exhibition Celebration; (4) ICA staff holding posters for Street Sights, 1980.