InLiquid Young Professionals Night Brings Philly Art Community to Students

    Philadelphia’s thriving, diverse arts community is one of the things that makes the City of Brotherly Love so special.

   With so many venues and museums, it can seem like a daunting task to break into the arts community in Philadelphia.

  Luckily, InLiquid is bringing it all together in one place with it’s annual Young Professionals Night on Feb. 5. from 5-10 p.m. For just $5, Open Arts members can gain access to this event.

   According to InLiquid Executive Director Rachel Zimmerman, this year’s networking event will have even more opportunities to view art, bid and purchase art, and collaborate and meet with other young professionals as well as local organizations, businesses, restaurants, and artists in the field.

    Zimmerman, who founded InLiquid in 1999, believes that young professionals are going to be the next art donors and collectors, so it’s important to educate them as soon as possible.

    “We have this mutual space where we have all the art so why not invite all these groups [students and artists] to participate?” Zimmerman said.

    Students who attend the event will have the opportunity to not only view art and potentially bid on it, but will also learn about the pieces they are viewing. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit InLiquid as they to promote local arts.

    “The artwork is always different,” Zimmerman said. “This year, a friend of mine who is a temporary art consultant is going to talk about some of the pieces, and do a private tour so people can really learn about what they’re looking at.”

   Zimmerman suggests that students who are interested in attending to preview the art on the InLiquid website, to see what is available and brainstorm questions about each piece.

    In addition to viewing a large variety of art, guests will enjoy food, tastings from local crafts distilleries, and the chance to meet representatives from organizations such as AIDS Fund, Here’s My Chance, Career Wardrobe, Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Film Society, Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Young Involved Philadelphia, and so much more.

     Zimmerman sees the Young Professionals Night to be a way for young professionals to gain exposure and see artwork they wouldn’t otherwise see. Ultimately, she wants students to learn.

    “We’re offering sort of a snapshot for arts and culture for them in an easy, friendly, not intimidating way,” Zimmerman said. “It’s a common meeting ground, we really want people to interact with each other and learn about each other’s organizations.”

    As a photographer herself, Zimmerman sees the importance of seizing as many professional opportunities as possible for undergraduate and graduate students.

   “I think that it’s really important for students to learn about the community they live in,” Zimmerman said.

    Students can do just that and more at the Young Professionals Night, all while supporting future InLiquid events.


When?: Feb. 5, 5-10 p.m.

Where?: Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts

How Much?: $5 for Open Arts Members