About Da Vinci
STAFFGaby Heit, Director
BOARD OF DIRECTORSPresident
Ona Kalstein, Recording Secretary
Nadia Kunz, Treasurer
HONORARY BOARDThe Honorable Frank Di Cicco, Philadelphia City Council
Maria Forte, Cucina Forte
Matt Lyons, Fenco Bank Equipment
Dr. Renzo Oliva, Artist
Kathryn Pannepacker, Artist
Joel Spivak, Architect
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Da Vinci Art Alliance is a public, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in South Philadelphia, with a history dating back to 1931. The Alliance is dedicated to all forms of art and artists in the region and holds various programs and exhibits throughout the year, with a focus on themed shows with an educational or thought-provoking message. We are largely self-supporting through our membership dues and gallery rentals (call 215.829.0466 to make your reservation today), and also have been the recipient of grant funding from major local sources, including the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Campbell’s Soup Foundation. The majority of our events are offered to the public free of charge; your tax-deductible donations are welcome.
The Alliance was founded in 1931 by 17 prominent Philadelphia artists. They were all Italian-American and decided to name the alliance after the consummate genius of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo Da Vinci. The members’ meetings took place in their studios until the late 1960s, when the alliance acquired the building at 704 Catharine Street (diagonally across the street from Fleisher Art Memorial). Originally limited to artists of Italian extraction, the organization became completely integrated shortly after WWII and now welcomes all with an interest in the arts.
Aside from its annual all-media members’ exhibition that has been continuous since the group's inception, the alliance sponsors many art related events throughout the year, including an open juried exhibition, art workshops, art history lectures, and Fringe Festival performances. Da Vinci exhibitions have traveled to other regional venues, such as the Gallery at St. Asaph’s in Bala Cynwyd, the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, NJ, and the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg. Other solo and group exhibitions and off-site collaborations with non-profit organizations (among them Bartram’s Garden and Lantern Theater Company) are held throughout the year, as is our annual fundraising dinner and silent auction. Da Vinci was the first art group in Philadelphia to recognize people in the area who have contributed greatly to the art world. Awards and testimonial dinners have celebrated many distinguished individuals. We are now continuing this tradition with the inception of an Honorary Board, to celebrate our most important contributors. We are for and about the arts and artists, and invite collectors, supporters, patrons, and everyone with an interest in our mission to join us!Supported by a grant from the