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WANDERING: Observations of Our Watershed

Rebecca Schultz Mapping Our Watershed 2023 Mixed Media, 60″ x 144″

This special exhibition, centered on artists’ observations of our regions, is directed by Karen Young for the Fairmount Water Works and curated by Thom Duffy. The curated selection of vintage and contemporary drawings, paintings and photography by Philadelphia artists is centered on the artists’ observations of our region’s watershed and captures our rivers, streams, wildlife, and tidal wetlands. The purpose of WANDERING: Observations of Our Watershed, is to encourage exploration of our watershed, and discussion of the intricacies and nuances of balancing an ecosystem in an urban setting.

According to Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center Executive Director Karen Young, “The WANDERING exhibition asks us to consider how our daily activities impact our watershed, reminding us that we are crucial components of the habitat, challenging its sustainability.”

The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Fund for the Water Works and the Edward F. Grusheski Water Literacy Foundation.

Contributing Artists

Nancy Agati, John Carlan, Melvin Chappell, Chris Cox, Antoaneta Denkin, Daniel Flinchbaugh, Michael Frechette, Michael Gallagher, Richard Metz, Kate Kern Mundie, and Rebecca Schultz

Antique Paintings

Ethel Ashton and Seymour Rotman, Courtesy of  Whitaker and Moore and Morris Blackburn, Courtesy of Michael Gallager


  • RUN OF SHOW: April 20th – July 27th, 2024
  • PREVIEW RECEPTION: Thursday, April 18th (4:30-7:30pm)
  • OPENING DAY: Saturday, April 20th
  • VISITORS HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday (10am – 5pm)
  • ADMISSION: Free to all. Donations accepted at visitor’s desk.


  • April 20th
  • May 4th and 18th
  • June 1st, 15th and 29th
  • July 13th and 27th

*Two one-hour tours at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm