The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers



The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers are an amazing collective of Found Object Artists who recently celebrated their 20th year in existence. I am proud to have been a “member” of this group for many of my 18 years in Philly. They constantly inspired me then with their creations and are still my gurus, catalysts, and most importantly, friends.

The Divers were also a huge impetus & the main collaborative force behind my starting the Please Take Materials Exchange (Please Take M.E.). This non-profit, materials exchange served as a trading post for members and the public to trade in their unwanted items so that they might be reused as fodder for new and creative art pieces and projects. The Please Take is still in existence today but under new management.

Please follow the links on this page to see some of the Philly Dumpster Diver creations and become inspired about ways you can reuse materials!

Current Exhibits:
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Archives Alchemy – The Art of the Dumpster Divers
January 10 to April 24, 2014

National Archives at Philadelphia
900 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Opening Reception January 10th from 5:00 7:30 pm

Featuring artwork from Dumpster Divers: Alden Cole, Betsy Alexander, Gretchen Altabef, Sara Benowitz, Ellen Benson, Carol Cole, cdavid cottrill, Dan Enright, George Felice, Bruce Gast, Carey Hedlund, Joanne Hoffman, Linda Lou Horn, Ann Keech, Susan Moloney, Toni Nash, Neil Benson, Eva Preston, Susan Richards, Kate Mellina, Joel Spivak, Jim Ulrich, Sally Willowbee & Burnell Yow!


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Photos from the Divers latest show click here.


Harry Anderson

Ellen Benson

I. George Bilyk

Valerie Black

Alden Cole

Carol Cole

Len Davidson

Gwendolyn Fryer

Linda Lou Horn

John Jonik

Ann Keech

Diane Keller

Smokie Kittner

Vance Lehmkuhl

Kathryn Pannepacker

Eva Preston

Ellen Sall

Leo Sewell

Joel Spivak

Burnell Yow!

Isaiah Zagar

Gretchen Altabef

Sara Benowitz

Jim Ulrich


Giving New Life To Old Paper

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