35th Anniversary Party

Celebrating 35 Years of AIGA Philadelphia

This year marks 35 years since the founding of AIGA Philadelphia. In 1981, a group of Philadelphia designers formed AIGA Philadelphia—the first local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. The chapter has grown from 25 original members into a thriving community of over 700 members today.

Join us on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at WeWork in Philadelphia to celebrate our past and toast to our bright future.

Highlights from our chapter’s rich history include:

  • Kicking off the AIGA “chapter movement” nationally;

  • Hosting “Criteria, Concept, Solution,” the chapter’s first large-scale juried exhibition;

  • Publishing “What is Graphic Design?” in 1984;

  • Launching the campaign to get “graphic design” in the dictionary in 1985;

  • Hosting Steven Heller’s 1994 interview with Paul Rand;

  • Launching Feedback in 1998, the chapter’s annual portfolio review night and longest-running program;

  • Hosting the national AIGA Education Conference, “Revolution Philadelphia,” in 2005;

  • Opening the chapter’s first gallery and headquarters, SPACE, in 2012;

  • and much more.

Come celebrate the significant role our chapter plays in today’s thriving local design community in Philadelphia, as we continue to champion the design profession in our city; provide opportunities for designers to learn, evolve and innovate; mold creative leaders in our community; foster lasting and supportive relationships, ignite inspiring conversations; and advocate for the strategic role of design.

35x35 Commemorative Posters

To mark this milestone occasion, we are inviting 35 influential Philadelphia area designers and those that have played a significant role in the history of our chapter to design posters for inclusion in an exhibition and silent auction at the event. The theme of the posters will be the role design in Philadelphia and the important influence AIGA has had, and continues to have, on our local design community.

A limited number of these posters will be given to all attendees and additional copies will be for sale.

Our growing list of participating designers includes:

  1. Kelly Holohan

  2. Joel Katz
  3. Lanny Sommese

  4. Frank Baseman

  5. Mark Willie

  6. Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel

  7. Rosemary Murphy

  8. Allan Espiritu

  9. Gil Hanson 

  10. Michele Cooper

  11. Bob Warkulwiz

  12. Laurie Churchman

  13. Steve Williams

  14. Gigi McGee

  15. Rose DiSanto

  16. Lauren Dougherty

  17. Bez Ocko

  18. Alex Zahradnik 

  19. Kathy Mueller

  20. Soonduk Krebs

  21. Craig Welsh

  22. Christine Fajardo

  23. Peter Camburn

  24. Christine Sheller

  25. David Copestakes

  26. Bernardo Margulis
  27. Neha Agarwal
  28. Dan Marcolina
  29. Helene Calci
  30. Larry Will
  31. Corey Pontz
  32. Bradford Kear
  33. Gaby Heit
  34. Kevin Kernan

Portraits by Philly Egotist Photographer, Mark Likosky
Mark Likosky will be on site to take portraits of attendees for the duration of the event. Born just outside of Boston, Mark played in hardcore bands while attending art school in the 90's. Moved to NYC to assist photographers for way too long but learned a lot, travelled well and ate good food. In 2007 he was asked to shoot exclusively for an ad agency in San Francisco for a few years then jumped back to freelance in 2010,  working with several start ups. Mark now resides in the lovely Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife and dog. Feeling wimpy and needing to get in shape upon moving to Philly he started taking Jiu Jitsu and continues to document his training with a few friends forming a blog called Cauliphlower. He is currently the photographer for the Philadlephia Egotist

Thursday, September 22, 2016


1010 N. Hancock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

AIGA Members: $15

Non-members: $30

Students (AIGA members): $10

Students (non-members): $15

Food and drinks will be served in the WeWork Lounge.

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Sales are final with no refunds unless AIGA Philadelphia cancels the event. However, tickets are transferable, so tell a friend to come as you if you are unable to attend.

Thank you to our generous partners!

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Portrait photo booth provided by and featuring Philadelphia Egotist photographer Mark Likosky.


When & Where
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
WeWork Northern Liberties
1010 North Hancock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123