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Revolutionary Philadelphia

Revolutionary Philadelphia is a series of collaborative artworks produced through a process of research and discussion. Led by artist Mat Tomezsko, participants from the University Community Collaborative explore local figures and groups who have made revolutionary contributions to civil rights, political activism, criminal justice, racial equality, LGBTQ+ rights, public health, arts and culture, and more. Through a series of presentations, analysis, and hands-on creative work, participants offer their contributions and design a section of the composition that represents their voice. The collaborative design is then painted by the artist. 

Revolutionary Philadelphia connects the past to the present, the individual to society, and offers an opportunity to reevaluate our shared historical narrative. By making art in a way that is inclusive, accessible, and empowering, the concept of the artwork is also embodied in the method in which it is made.


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Photography by: Ryan S. Brandenberg

Revolutionary Philadelphia, 2021

Acrylic on aluminum panel

120" x 120"

Contributors: Rubee Carter, Abdullah Conway, Malaysia Oliver Gass,

Zenaya Mason, Jess Munz, Ishmael Kesselly, Mark Reid, Samir Ross, Vashti Valentine

Lead Artist: Mat Tomezsko

UCC staff: Adesh Dasani, Liyanni Smith

Supported by the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, Global Philadelphia, Temple University, and the University Community Collaborative.

Location: Mazur Hall at 11th and Berks Street on Temple University's main campus.

Read more about the composition and process here:


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Revolutionary Philadelphia, 2022

Acrylic on panel

60" x 60"

Contributors: Tonya Carter, Layla Green, Nasir Green, Michael Holman,

Jihad Manning, Mark Reid, Ameen Rone, Vashti Valentine, Ethan Way

Lead Artist: Mat Tomezsko

UCC staff: Adesh Dasani, Sanaa Scott, Laila Patterson

Location: Gladfelter Hall, 5th Floor, Political Science Department, Temple University


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Photography by Steve Weinik

Revolutionary Philadelphia, 2023

Acrylic on aluminum panel

96" x 96"

Contributors: Tyreek Burton, Skyla Crocker, Jah’naija Nguyen,

Saleem Roddick, Leilani Rolon, Xavier Sax, Jamir Watson, Ethan Way

Lead Artist: Mat Tomezsko

UCC staff: Daviana Cruz, Laila Patterson

Location: Life Do Grow Farm by Urban Creators at 2316-50 N 11th St

This project was made possible with support by the Velocity Fund,

Urban Creators, and the University Community Collaborative (

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