PAFA Alumni Sales Gallery’s New Exhibition Opens February 15, 2013

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PAFA Alumni Sales Gallery’s
New Exhibition Opens February 15, 2013

Opening Reception, Thursday, February 14th  at 5:30
Exhibition dates: February 15-April 21, 2013


Philadelphia, PA (February 12, 2013) – The Alumni Sales Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents: Morris Blackburn, A PAFA Modernist, Works from 1939-1949The public opening reception is Thursday, February 14th at 5:30, in the Alumni Sales Gallery, located at 118 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA.

Morris Blackburn studied at PAFA from 1925-1929, where he studied with Arthur Carles, Henry McCarter and Daniel Garber and won PAFA’s prestigious Cresson Traveling Scholarship. In 1936, he began taking private classes with Arthur Carles. At this time, Blackburn said: “It was Carles who impressed me with the deep sense of the importance of being a painter”. It was during this period that Blackburn’s paintings and prints evolved into abstraction.

The work on view in the PAFA Alumni Sales Gallery represents his work starting in the 30’s and continuing through the 40’s. In addition to his work as a painter, he is well known for his accomplishments as an etcher, engraver and lithographer.

He is represented in the following public collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, the Clearwater Museum, the United States State Department, Free Library of Philadelphia, Woodmere Art Museum, Pennsylvania State University, Library of Congress, Childe Hassam Fund-University of Montana, Fleisher Art Memorial, Friends Central School, and the New Jersey State Museum.



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.