I came away from our meeting April 6 with the impression that Valerio is a thoughtful and imaginative person who is dedicated to engaging the community in the arts. He seems willing to take risks. He has an eye for the overlooked, for the unexpected, and he is committed to promoting local artists who are working outside of the mainstream. When so much of the art world is focused upon celebrities and established artists, and has become international, it is not a small blessing that the Woodmere is focused upon telling the story of the art and artists of Philadelphia.
The Woodmere has assembled a picture of a self-organized community that thrived without outside help; in doing so, the museum enables the rest of Philadelphia’s art community to see what they’ve been missing.