PAFA’s Open Studio Night Offers Visitors a Look at the Creative Process in Fine Art

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PAFA’s Open Studio Night Offers Visitors a Look at the Creative Process in Fine Art

PHILADELPHIA (January 29, 2013)- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host its annual Open Studio Night on Friday, February 8, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, located at 128 N. Broad Street. 

During Open Studio Night, students enrolled in PAFA’s Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Certificate, and Post-Baccalaureate programs will open over 175 studios to the public, allowing visitors the rare opportunity to meet the art world’s future stars, view the spaces where they create, and see their work in progress.  

“Open Studio Night is an immediate, direct, and intimate way to experience the finest art-making among art students in Philadelphia,” says Al Gury, award-winning painter and Chair of the Painting Department at PAFA. Over 800 people took advantage of this one-of-a-kind experience in 2012. Open Studio Night also represents the beginning of the student journey to the 112th Annual Student Exhibition. Opening May 10, 2013, PAFA's Annual Student Exhibition is the nation’s largest and oldest student art exhibition.



Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school of fine arts and museum.  A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts presented by the President of the United States, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied, or exhibited at the Academy. The institution's world-class collection of American art continues to grow and provides what only a few other art institutions in the world offer: the rare combination of an outstanding museum and an extraordinary faculty known for its commitment to students and for the stature and quality of its artistic work.