Meet. Mingle. Network: Benjamin’s Desk

Young Professionals Preview Night is a special, high-profile preview cocktail reception and networking event for young professional leaders in the Philadelphia area.

There are over a dozen young professional groups participating. Get to know featured organization Benjamin’s Desk, as Community Manager Katie Cohen answers a few of our questions.

Can you tell us a bit about your organization?

Benjamin’s Desk is Philadelphia’s Premier Shared Office and Coworking Space for Professionals. Located in the heart of Center City in the Allman Building at 1701 Walnut Street, 7th Floor, Benjamin’s Desk is the place to work for mobile professionals, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We offer private offices, part and full-time desk memberships, permanent/dedicated desk memberships, virtual offices and a conference room. Join the workplace of the new economy.

What benefits does your organization offer a young professional?

All of our members are entrepreneurs, founders of startups or small businesses that have found a home in Philadelphia. Benjamin’s Desk provides all of the amenities and services of a business center with the network and community of a coworking space in an environment that inspires creativity, collaboration and innovation. We have developed strategic partnerships with some incredible local, national and international organizations such as ArtsTechPhilly, Wharton eClub, Young Involved Philadelphia, FundingPost and EFactor to offer our members the tools, resources and networks necessary to fuel their businesses.

Do you think it’s important for young professionals to show an interest in art collecting

Absolutely. Young professionals are the future influencers and leaders of our city. If they are given the opportunity to not only appreciate art at this stage in their career, but also discover the impact of the local art scene on the city, there is no doubt that they will be more inclined to influence others to support and collect art in the local community.

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called golden age. Using their visual conventions, nostalgic aura, and narrative structure in combination with images borrowed from art history and other popular cultural sources, Borgen has developed a hybrid visual language which he uses in his digital prints and wall installations to make comment on topics ranging from historical, formal strategies of artmaking to issues within the current political and social discourse.
Matthew Borgen
Matthew Borgen

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called…

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called golden age. Using their visual conventions, nostalgic aura, and narrative…

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called golden age. Using their visual conventions, nostalgic aura, and narrative structure in combination…

What elevates his work from mere craftsmanship is his visionary outlook. Rearranging objects and incorporating an iconography of myths, fairy tales, and personal idiosyncrasies, Warren Muller exudes an envious agility.  Motion, change and improvisation are implied like a glimpse of chaos captured and frozen for a split-second.
Warren Muller
Warren Muller

What elevates his work from mere craftsmanship is his visionary outlook. Rearranging objects and incorporating an iconography…

What elevates his work from mere craftsmanship is his visionary outlook. Rearranging objects and incorporating an iconography of myths, fairy tales, and personal idiosyncrasies, Warren Muller exudes an…

What elevates his work from mere craftsmanship is his visionary outlook. Rearranging objects and incorporating an iconography of myths, fairy tales, and personal idiosyncrasies, Warren Muller exudes an envious agility. Motion,…

Ronald William Waite
Ronald William Waite
Howard Silberthau, an abstract artist who strives to capture both the universal nature of things and the pedestrian, oftentimes by utilizing the grid, the repetitive nature of letters, and the stripe.
Howard Silberthau
Howard Silberthau

Howard Silberthau, an abstract artist who strives to capture both the universal nature of things and the pedestrian, oftentimes…

Howard Silberthau, an abstract artist who strives to capture both the universal nature of things and the pedestrian, oftentimes by utilizing the grid, the repetitive nature of letters, and the stripe.…

Howard Silberthau, an abstract artist who strives to capture both the universal nature of things and the pedestrian, oftentimes by utilizing the grid, the repetitive nature of letters, and the stripe.…

Billy Colbert
Billy Colbert
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