Citizen Salon: COVID-19 Edition

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Group of four painting and prints from the Arthur Ross Gallery collection

Last year the Arthur Ross Gallery presented “Citizen Salon,” Penn’s first entirely crowd-sourced art exhibition [“Arts,” Mar|Apr 2019]. Gallery associate director and assistant curator Heather Gibson Moqtaderi filled a website with 125 works from the University’s wide-ranging art collection and invited “citizen curators” to vote on what to hang in the gallery. This May, with campus museums shuttered, Moqtaderi rebooted the project with a pandemic spin, inviting digital gallery-goers to select their favorites again, and to share why. Does a season (or two) of social distancing change your response to art? Find out at

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