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Meet Chelsey Luster, Exhibition Manager at Philadelphia’s Magic Garden

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Meet Chelsey Luster, the Exhibition Manager at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

 a visionary curator, educator, and visual artist redefining Philadelphia's art scene through her deeply personal and inclusive approach. Luster crafts transformative experiences that empower Black, Queer, Trans, and Femme communities to share their stories.


Interview with Chelsey Luster, Exhibition Manager


What advice would you give to emerging artists looking to showcase their work in gallery exhibitions?

I would advise emerging artists to network at opening receptions and art events that interest them. Meeting the curators, directors and exhibiting artists can help you build a relationship with a gallery. Also apply to as many free open calls as possible and take your time to edit your applications for each call.

What do you think is the most inspiring place for you to create in?

I'm always inspired to create alongside other artists so whenever I attend a residency, I do a ton of work and always try new techniques. I attended the Chautauqua School of Art Residency Program and the Vermont Studio Center Residency Program. They both pushed my artistic practice.

What strategies have you found most effective in promoting your work and that of other artists to a wider audience?

Social media is a great way to promote your work but also sharing your work with people you encounter on a daily basis is the best way to build a genuine support system.

Could you share a memorable story of working with another artist who exhibited at The Magic Gardens?

I had a wonderful time working with Ashante Kindle and Khari Turner. I met them at the Chautauqua School of Art Residency Program in 2019 and we have been friends ever since. After visiting our site, they both created work inspired by Philadelphia's Magic Gardens and Philadelphia.

In your experience, what are some key qualities that help make a painting resonate with viewers?

Honestly everyone connects with different art. Personally, I'm really attached to vibrant colors and figurative works but there is something for everyone.


Follow Chelsey Luster and visit the Philadelphia Magic Gardens:

LinkedIn: @chelseyluster 

Instagram: @phillymagicgardens             



Do you believe in magic? Wonder is a menagerie of creativity and inspires deep connection with personal stories that come to life on canvas. Listen to Episode 4: Painting Safe Places and Making In A Magic Garden with Chelsey Luster on The Artist 10 Podcast.

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