Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

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The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery is committed to exhibiting novel and experimental art in all contemporary mediums including digital, video, sculpture, photography, graphics, and fashion design. Recently relocated to a larger space in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's renovated URBN Annex the Pearlstein Gallery has over 3,500 square feet and invites the public to enjoy our exhibits free of charge.

Location & Hours

URBN Center Annex, 3401 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm
The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will be closed Wednesday, 11/26 until Monday 12/01.


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Gallery News

MARCH 10 2014 – Philadelphia Inquirer Reviews "Raw to Refined"

Philadelphia Inquirer art critic Edith Newhall reviewed the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery's "Raw to Refined" exhibit in the newspaper's March 9 edition. Click here to read Newhall's review.

FEBRUARY 21 2014 – Participate in the Pearlstein Gallery's "Raw to Refined" Workshops with Exhibit Artists

Every Wednesday through March 21, artist Margery Amdur will host a workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pearlstein Gallery, during which participants will help her build a new installation made of cosmetic sponges. On March 5, artist Nami Yamamoto will conduct a workshop to teach guests how to create their own filet lace from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pearlstein Gallery. Refreshments provided. Please email to sign up for workshops.

FEBRUARY 14 2014 – Business Insider Magazine Interviews "Raw to Refined" Tape Artist Mark Khaisman

A Feb. 14 Business Insider story, "An Artist Made These Incredible Portraits Out Of Packing Tape" focuses on "Raw to Refined" tape artist Mark Khaisman, whose work is on display at the Gallery through March 21. The article also features beautiful photos of Mark's work. Click here to read the story.

JANUARY 27 2014 – "Raw to Refined" Exhibit Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer's Spring Arts Preview

The exhibition, hosted in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Pentimenti Gallery, was covered in writer Stephen Salisbury's January 26 Spring Arts preview published in the Sunday edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Special Event

Poetry Reading and Miniature Poetry Workshop

Join Us! November 20
Two Events, One Night!

6PM Miniature Poetry Workshop
Come get creative with us in the Gallery! our mini-workshop is perfect for writers and arts appreciators of all levels, from first-timers to all-the-timers. Together, we will explore meditative and minimalist methods inspired by the work of Bill Walton. In our workshop you will create small, precise, surprising poems. Add your voice to our exhibition!

7PM Pop-Up Residency Poetry Reading
Join us for the culmination of our first ever Pop-Up Poetry Residency here at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery! Presented in collaboration with the department of English and Philosophy, poets from Drexel and Penn have written poetry in response to our current exhibition, Bill Walton artist to artist. Come listen to these works surrounded by the art which inspired them.

RSVP at our event page here:

Current Exhibit

West Main 111, Bill Walton from the collection of Larry Spaid
West Main 111, Bill Walton from the collection of Larry Spaid

BILL WALTON; artist to artist
October 9 – December 5
Opening Reception October 9 from 5-7 PM

Philadelphia artist Bill Walton died in early 2010. As an artist, teacher and friend he left behind a dedicated group of fellow artists. This exhibit consists solely of his work that was given, traded, or, in some cases bequeathed, to those artists.

What Walton valued in making work and conversation was combining the known and the obvious to discover something new, or even more obvious but never seen before. Over the course of his career Walton became disenchanted with the commercial commodification of art. He felt that the curiosity, exploration, and discovery he valued in making art had become perverted by market pressure and he removed himself from that world to concentrate his relationships among other artists, craftspeople, and fishing pals. This show is his side of that conversation.

Bill Walton taught printmaking for many years at Moore College of Art. His work has been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Art, The ICA, Phila., White Box Gallery, NYC, Margaret Thatcher Projects, NYC, Locks Gallery, Phila., Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Phila., and many others. His estate is represented by The Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Phila. Bill Walton, designed by Walton and edited by Richard Torchia, was published by Arcadia University in 2006.


Upcoming Exhibit

More information coming soon.

Past Exhibits

Convergence, Jeremy Holmes Aug 6 - Sept 28

August 6 – September 28
Closing Reception September 25 from 6-8pm

Featuring the work of installation artist Jeremy Holmes from Ithaca, NY, this solo exhibition consist of a continuous, site-specific wood installation designed for the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery. Using five varieties of North American hardwoods, Holmes explores the contrasts between the abstract shapes of bent wood and the geometric rooms the piece inhabits.  Holmes uses space in original and unexpected ways, filling voids in interiors that would otherwise go unnoticed and allowing the viewer to experience the work from within. His work pushes interactions between the viewer and site and evokes a new curiosity in a traditional material.