TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image

TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image TILT Institute supports a community of dedicated contemporary visual creatives
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The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2009 and is dedicated to fostering the study, practice, and appreciation of contemporary photography. These three pillars of PPAC's mission support the production and exhibition of work at the leading edge of photographic practice, in-depth education, and innovative programming connecting artists with audiences, engaging them as more than just passive viewers of work, but as part of the creative process.

Let's welcome our January Artist In Residence, Cassidy Arrington! Cassidy Arrington is a 22 year old poet, photographer,...
01/08/2024

Let's welcome our January Artist In Residence, Cassidy Arrington!

Cassidy Arrington is a 22 year old poet, photographer, and videographer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who recently completed their Bachelor of Arts in Ethnicity, Race, & Migration Studies at Yale College. Cassidy’s artwork centers intimacy and adolescence in q***r and Black kinships. Their practice has been heavily informed by their own experience growing up as a q***r Black kid. Poetry has served as an important artistic outlet for them through their involvement with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival, the Yale University Art Gallery, and WORD Performance Poetry at Yale University. Growing up in the Philadelphia visual art and poetry scene, Cassidy developed an intimate relationship to the arts as a means for survival. They channeled this perspective into their photography, determined to depict urban, Black, and q***r communities with care.

Join us for Second Thursday, Jan 11th, from 6-9pm for the opening reception of “minor details”! https://tiltinstitute.or...
01/04/2024

Join us for Second Thursday, Jan 11th, from 6-9pm for the opening reception of “minor details”! https://tiltinstitute.org/event/minor-details/

Organized by multidisciplinary artist Rami George, minor details is a collaborative exchange between Philadelphia-based artists: Alina Wang, Connie Yu, M Slater, MAP, Nick Moncy, and Steph Garcia. Linked by a shared interest in using visual imagery to explore the many facets of identity, George invited the artists to make art in dialogue with a collection of photographs they have been amassing for over a decade from thrift stores, flea markets, the streets, and their own family albums. Each artist was given five images as visual prompts with no parameters on what to create. The gesture mirrors George’s creative process when they engage with preexisting ephemera, delving into the artifacts’ relationship to memory and how narratives are constructed and assigned to each piece. The collected photos were not intended to exist as fine art, but rather to document a moment in time. Their amorphous existence persists through the exhibition as the artists play with new approaches to determine their next form.

Thank you to everyone who walked through our doors in 2023! We held 5 exhibitions, 8 public programs, numerous member ev...
12/22/2023

Thank you to everyone who walked through our doors in 2023! We held 5 exhibitions, 8 public programs, numerous member events, and expanded our youth outreach education programs. We thank you for your support and wish you a holiday break filled with joy and rest! Let’s continue to build in 2024! Our gallery will be closed Saturday 12/23 and Saturday 12/30.

📸: TILT team members Intisar Hamilton, Danielle Morris, and Makiyah Adams pose for the camera during our hot chocolate party

Last minute holiday shopping? Give the gift of inspiration this holiday season with classes, workshops, and gift cards! ...
12/21/2023

Last minute holiday shopping? Give the gift of inspiration this holiday season with classes, workshops, and gift cards! Invest in yourself this new year or gift a family member/friend. https://tiltinstitute.org/education-landing-page/

Upcoming Exhibition: "Minor Details" Organized By Rami George. Join us on January 11th from 6-9pm for the opening recept...
12/20/2023

Upcoming Exhibition: "Minor Details" Organized By Rami George. Join us on January 11th from 6-9pm for the opening reception. https://tiltinstitute.org/event/minor-details/

"I wanted to extend an invitation to a group of artists I greatly admire. Not quite curation, but rather a welcoming into a foundational part of my own practice: that of responding to and from a series of collected photos. These are images I’ve accumulated over the years, from thrift stores, flea markets, the street—my own family photos getting mixed in at times. I’ve been holding and working from these images for over a decade now. Photos not made with “art” in mind, but rather a drive to document—ourselves, our communities, our homes, our lives.

I met with Alina, Connie, M, MAP, Nick, and Steph to see what was on their minds at this moment. I then selected images (five) for each artist. Photos offered as a prompt or springboard: no expectations as to what might be produced, no requirement that they make their way into the final work(s). A gesture of call and response. I said I would create a single work too, one that holds all of the photos offered, a preface or ledger of sorts. Together—the invited artists, the unknown original photographers, TILT, myself—are co-creating this exhibition, leaning into the minor details, larger themes unfolding organically."

Rami George

Organizer

A huge thank you to all who came out yesterday!
12/15/2023

A huge thank you to all who came out yesterday!

We have 3 great events happening on Second Thursday tomorrow evening! Don't miss out. 1. A performance from artist Pap S...
12/13/2023

We have 3 great events happening on Second Thursday tomorrow evening! Don't miss out.
1. A performance from artist Pap Souleye Fall. | 7-8pm
2. Bottomless Hot Chocolate Party! | 6-9pm
3. Meet Our December Member Spotlight Austin Cuttino | 6-9pm

Meet Our December Member Spotlight: Austin Cuttino Austin J. Cuttino is a visual artist who is interested in racial iden...
12/11/2023

Meet Our December Member Spotlight: Austin Cuttino

Austin J. Cuttino is a visual artist who is interested in racial identity. Specifically, the identity of his mixed family. Austin received his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University Camden, in studio art and digital studies. He has a prior degree in commercial photography from Antonelli Institute. Recently, Austin has exhibited work at Kean University as part of it’s, “Come Together” exhibition, as well as contributed to V Magazine and Gigi Hadid’s, “The Gigi Journal Part II“.

Meet Austin this Thursday (Dec. 14th from 6-9pm) and learn more about their practice. There will be a display of their work in the Project Space (hallway gallery)!

Join us on Second Thursday, Dec. 14th from 7-8pm, for a performance by Pap Souleye! https://tiltinstitute.org/event/perf...
12/06/2023

Join us on Second Thursday, Dec. 14th from 7-8pm, for a performance by Pap Souleye! https://tiltinstitute.org/event/performance-by-pap-souleye-fall/

Pap Souleye Fall is a Senegalese-American artist who explores the transmedia potentials of sculpture, installation, performance, cosplay, digital media, and comics. Much of his work reflects his upbringing within the Black diaspora. Being Senegalese and American, Fall realized art afforded him the ability to construct multiple worlds to define his cultural background. This revelation sparked his fascination with the ways art could be embedded in everyday life, activating common materials and encounters to explore themes such as diaspora, post-apocalypse, utopia, identity, notions of masculinity, Africanisms, and Afro-futurism.

Fall’s performance at TILT is derived from two critical tenets of his practice, dead pixels and Beutou Toubab. Dead pixels refers to the single black dot that appears on a computer screen to indicate a malfunction. Beutou is slang for a device used by masons as a level. Toubab means foreign eye, however it is often used to describe people who present as white or of European descent. Together, this Senegalese phrase references Fall’s use of humor to level the invasive eye of whiteness. His performance is in conjunction with the exhibition, Where The Young Bols Rumble, which is currently on view at TILT until December 16, 2023.

Becoming a TILT member allows you to participate in exclusive exhibition opportunities, attend member events, receive di...
12/05/2023

Becoming a TILT member allows you to participate in exclusive exhibition opportunities, attend member events, receive discounts on services/classes, be a featured member spotlight in the newsletter, and have 24/7 access to the artist lab! https://tiltinstitute.org/membership/

"Where The Young Bols Rumble moves from photographs to performances, from sculpture to collage, from now to then, and a ...
11/29/2023

"Where The Young Bols Rumble moves from photographs to performances, from sculpture to collage, from now to then, and a lot more. The exhibition transports viewers across spaces, mediums, and spiritual practices. In his exploration, Jay Simple engages in a dismantling and constructing process. Going beyond the conventional approach of simply displaying photographs, Simple’s work is itself a collage of ideas onto sheets of weathered metal, gilded in gold, formed into signs of protest, accompanied by displaced astronauts and historical figures recontextualized in a time warp. It is a space where Goldie and Dusty, the minstrel “Gold Dust” twins, from the early 19th century appear here and there as radicalized figures ready for revolution."
​​​​-Dr. Tukufu Zuberi https://tiltinstitute.org/event/jay-simple-where-the-young-bols-rumble/

'23-'24 A.I.R. Recipient, Devin Fitchwell, had a full house at his open studio! Thank you for taking time and space to s...
11/28/2023

'23-'24 A.I.R. Recipient, Devin Fitchwell, had a full house at his open studio! Thank you for taking time and space to share your project with the community.

Our gallery will be closed tomorrow, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th! We will reopen on Saturday.
11/22/2023

Our gallery will be closed tomorrow, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th! We will reopen on Saturday.

Our first-ever Members Vendor Market was a success! Thank you to our participating members and everyone who stopped by t...
11/21/2023

Our first-ever Members Vendor Market was a success! Thank you to our participating members and everyone who stopped by to support! Interested in becoming a member? Learn more here https://tiltinstitute.org/membership/

Are you looking to print your work? Check out our fine art printing, framing, mounting, and scanning services! https://b...
11/15/2023

Are you looking to print your work? Check out our fine art printing, framing, mounting, and scanning services! https://bit.ly/474vdYC

11/09/2023
Tomorrow (Nov. 9th) from 6-9pm, join us for our first ever Member Art Market! Get a jump on your holiday shopping and su...
11/08/2023

Tomorrow (Nov. 9th) from 6-9pm, join us for our first ever Member Art Market! Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support local artists!

TILT Members will have their works on display and for sale in TILT’s Project Space (hallway leading to the gallery) during the Crane Art Building’s Second Thursday festivities. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the artists. Come out and support!

See what A.I.R. recipient Devin Fitchwell is working on tomorrow, November 9th from 6-8pm! https://tiltinstitute.org/cat...
11/08/2023

See what A.I.R. recipient Devin Fitchwell is working on tomorrow, November 9th from 6-8pm! https://tiltinstitute.org/category/events/

During his residency at TILT, Fitchwell has been developing Broken Bridges, a project that combines photographic documentation, found images, audio interviews, and office files to tell the story of his uncle, Jimmy Fitchwell, a former employee of the nuclear energy division of Westinghouse.

10/26/2023

Fellowship 24, our annual international photography competition is now open for entries!

This year’s awards will be juried by Jeremiah William McCarthy , Chief Curator at ; artist and educator Zora J Murff; and artist, editor, educator, and founder Aline Smithson .

Fellowship recognizes rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from within the state of Pennsylvania. This competition brings together jurors with unique contributions and perspectives to collectively draw attention to important and timely work. The Fellowship exhibition frequently provides the opportunity to showcase innovative work for the first time.

Learn more at link in bio!

Where The Young Bols Rumble By Jay Simple on view until December 16th "Simple’s exhibition is a timely and important con...
10/25/2023

Where The Young Bols Rumble By Jay Simple on view until December 16th "Simple’s exhibition is a timely and important contribution to the ongoing conversation about race and justice in America. It is a must-see for anyone who wants to understand the complex realities of Black life in the United States." -Vinegar Hill Magazine

Let's welcome our October Artist In Residence Devin Fitchwell! Devin is a photo-based artist and archivist from Maryland...
10/17/2023

Let's welcome our October Artist In Residence Devin Fitchwell!

Devin is a photo-based artist and archivist from Maryland, currently living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Devin’s practice explores his desire to make sense of the world around him using narrative and the indeterminacy of the photographic image. He received his Associate Degree in Digital Arts from Harford Community College and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Tyler School of Art & Architecture at Temple University. Devin has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and abroad in Pingyao, China. His artwork can also be seen online via platforms such as Float Magazine, Pearl Press, Booooooom, LensScratch, and ColorTag Magazine.

Join us for a sound performance by Jada-Amina Harvey on Second Thursday (Oct. 12th from 7-8pm)! https://tiltinstitute.or...
10/06/2023

Join us for a sound performance by Jada-Amina Harvey on Second Thursday (Oct. 12th from 7-8pm)! https://tiltinstitute.org/event/sound-performance-jada-amina-harvey/

Jada-Amina is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and curator hailing from the South Side of Chicago. Invoking the spirit of Black sonic and devotional traditions, they hum and hymn through the post-apocalyptic world. Through sound, video, and collage, Jada-Amina delves into the fragmented essence of memory, where analog and cultural data transcend immateriality, forming conduits to other worlds. Their work evokes the speculative and surreal to navigate the liminal spaces of Black existence. Confronting the haunting echoes of the past, gospel serves as a beacon, promising a world beyond the postcolonial landscape.

Jada-Amina is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and curator hailing from the South Side of Chicago. Invoking the spirit of Black sonic and devotional traditions, they hum and hymn through the post-apocalyptic world. Through sound, video, and collage, Jada-Amina delves into the fragmented essen...

Our Members held an amazing talk at the 20/20 photo festival! Thank you Nick Jenkins, Korey Williams, Ursula Johnson, Fl...
10/04/2023

Our Members held an amazing talk at the 20/20 photo festival! Thank you Nick Jenkins, Korey Williams, Ursula Johnson, Floyd Kelley, and Chuck Wood for sharing more about your work and process with us.

Check out the exhibition featuring 18 TILT members at the upstairs gallery of Cherry Street Pier!

Tomorrow is the 20/20 Photo Festival & Book Fair! Join us at Cherry Street Pier for a full day of workshops, demonstrati...
09/29/2023

Tomorrow is the 20/20 Photo Festival & Book Fair! Join us at Cherry Street Pier for a full day of workshops, demonstrations, artist talks, and opening receptions. The book fair is from 12-5pm with events happening in between. Stop by our table and say hi! Exhibiting TILT members will have an artist talk at 4pm, followed by the opening reception of their Member Showcase in the upstairs gallery from 5-7pm. See you there! https://www.2020photofestival.org/

Join us on October 5th from 6-7pm for a conversation with Amir George (pictured on the right), who created the film "ABE...
09/27/2023

Join us on October 5th from 6-7pm for a conversation with Amir George (pictured on the right), who created the film "ABEFELE" for Where The Young Bols Rumble! https://tiltinstitute.org/events/in-conversation-amir-george/

George is an award-winning filmmaker and curator based in Chicago, Illinois. As an artist, he creates spiritual stories that juxtapose sound and image into a non-linear perceptual experience, resulting in fragmented vignettes about the hidden background of the subjects he explores. The characters in his stories are often on the periphery of social norms and in the process of becoming, a dynamic that unfolds in the film he created for the exhibition Where the Young Bols Rumble. Amir will be in conversation with James Britt, Curator of Exhibitions & Programs at TILT, about his contribution to the exhibition and how Black people have visually traveled through space and time throughout their complex existence on earth.

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