Walking the Edge

Walking the Edge

*This exhibition is now closed to the public. Stay tuned for the river is…, opening April 20th, 2023.

January 26 to April 1, 2023
Curated by Jacques-Jean Tiziou

Varvàra Fern, Step into the unknown, 2021, Resin and acrylic paint, 9.5 in x 30 in x 4.5 in

Walking the Edge is a communal display on the experience of walking in nature. Curated by Jacques-Jean Tiziou of “Walk Around Philadelphia,” our fourth bi-annual community exhibition embraces walking as an artistic practice that reflects on our interconnectedness with nature and provides opportunities to gain embodied understanding of the complex ways we interact with our environments. 

We invited the creative public to share their artistic expressions about perimeters, borders and boundaries along the city of Philadelphia or in other urban landscapes and natural spaces. The resulting collection of work, much like the city’s own borders, shares a diverse set of experiences. Some address the city’s geographic edge more directly, while others interpret the themes more metaphorically. 

As you contemplate this exhibit, we invite you to consider where and how you might encounter borders and boundaries in your own world. Where and how are they created? When and how can they be helpful? In what ways might they be hindrances? How might your experiences differ from those of others with different backgrounds? 

This exhibition is supported by the Schuylkill Center’s members, friends and donors.


About the Curator

Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou is an artist, massage therapist and block captain. Best known for his 85,000 sqft How Philly Moves mural at PHL Int’l Airport (the largest piece of public art in the city,) he is also the organizer of Walk Around Philadelphia and has walked the complete perimeter of Philadelphia ten times. 



Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education hosts community art exhibitionRoxborough Review by Rick Cawley, January 2023

“Walking the Edge” explores borders and boundaries through art, The Hawk Newspaper by Ally Engelbert, February 2023

Circumnavigating the city on foot: A tutorial on boundaries, Chestnut Hill Local by Carla Robinson, February 2023

Walking the Edge, The Penn Gazette, February 2023


Check out the Walking the Edge Online Gallery


Installation and Opening


Related Events

Walking the Edge Evening Rest Session on Friday, February 24th from 5:30pm to 7pm with food, herbal foot soaks and good company after a long day.

Walking the Edge Morning Send-off on Saturday, February 25th from 10am to 11am with breakfast and beverages.

Ways of Walking Book Discussion on Wednesday, March 1st from 6pm to 8pm with editor Ann De Forest and Curator JJ Tiziou.

Thursday Night Live – Walking the Edge Community Exhibition Discussion on Thursday, March 9th from 7pm to 8pm.

Closing Celebration on Saturday, April 1st from 1pm to 4pm with a Letterpress workshop from Soapbox Press.