About us


With a mission to cultivate, nurture, and advance the careers of emerging visual artists while simultaneously expanding opportunities for the public to discover and connect with art, CFEVA’s services are designed to: raise the profile of Philadelphia’s professional artists, foster artistic experimentation and innovation, and showcase how vibrant artistic communities boost cultural tourism and foster economic development. Through fellowships, residencies, educational outreach, exhibitions, professional development, and city-wide events, CFEVA provides artists with the tangible resources needed to develop viable and sustainable careers.

Cultural Equity

Since its inception as an organization that includes and supports artists, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (“CFEVA“) has tried to ensure that our work and its focus is based on a diverse, equitable, accessible and inclusive community.  In founding the organization in 1984, Bebe Benoliel installed an early framework that is still our guiding principle. Then the Creative Artist's Network, special consideration was paid as to who we served, brought on board and consulted with in this regard. We continue to honor Bebe's legacy this way and are focused more than ever on those goals as we look ahead.  Art will always remain most powerful when it is the result of cumulative and varied voice and reaches a diverse audience. As an integral part of our region's creative force, CFEVA continues making these equitable principles a priority in every program that we deliver and in the appointment of our decision-makers. 

CFEVA seeks continually to evaluate 1) whether we are doing our best in this regard, 2) that our Board and staff are actively working towards a more equitable future for our organization and 3) that the artists and art lovers in the region we serve feel adequately heard, included, and empowered to be a part of the work that we do.