The Cope House Gallery

The Cope House Art Gallery is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty, history, and artistry of Awbury Arboretum all in one place.

By partnering with local artists, Awbury is able to present free art shows March through December every year. As an exhibition space where beautiful and thought-provoking art is displayed, the Cope House Gallery is a valuable resource for both local artists and art lovers. The artwork is for sale and a portion of the proceeds helps support Awbury Arboretum.

The Cope House Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00am– 4:00 pm.

(Please see our Hours and Admission page for holiday closings, etc.)

On View: Holding My Breath Underwater

Lisa Volta –The Power and Helplessness of Crossing Borders on Screens, Oil and Graphite on Paper

On View

March 1 – April 28, 2024

Lisa Volta is a Philadelphia-based artist who works in painting, photography, and mixed media. Holding My Breath Underwater is a collection of her recent paintings and mixed-media drawings.

Art Reception

The art reception will take place in the Cope House Galleries on April 13 from 2pm–4pm. Meet the artist, enjoy some light refreshments, and get to know the NW Philadelphia art community.

Location: Cope House Galleries (1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia)

Cost: Free
This event is free and open to the public; no registration required

Artwork will be available for purchase – to inquire, please contact All proceeds support Awbury Arboretum’s mission.

Artist Bio

Lisa Volta is a Philadelphia-based artist who works in painting, photography, and mixed media. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and her BFA from Tyler School of Art. Lisa was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to complete her Master of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has exhibited locally at PAFA, the University of the Arts, Widener University, Fleisher Art Memorial, and several international galleries, including Kid Ailak Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Her artwork is in many private collections worldwide. She received the Hazell Award for Painting while faculty at Fleisher Art Memorial. She received multiple long-term residency grants from the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to work with Philadelphia communities and students. In 2022, she was selected to write for the Philadelphia Museum of Art blog for their Re:imagining Recovery grant, where she spoke about integrating work, inspiration, and education. Later that year, she received an Arts and Culture Grant from the Fairmount Park Conservancy to install a collaborative, woven photographic work at the Hatfield House. Lisa teaches art and design studio classes at Drexel University and is the Exhibitions Curator for Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Lisa Volta’s work investigates waiting and passage and asks, “How much longer,” as we watch things grow, decay, transform, or reach their threshold.  Her work considers borders and time: speeding up, slowing down, standing still, movement and restriction, and wondering about the long-term effects of time and the uneasy questions that come with it.






Past Exhibits




Are you a local artist interested in featuring your artwork at Awbury?

Questions?  Please contact our Arts Advisory Committee at