PAFA Community Mourns Loss of Life of Student Anne Bryan

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PAFA Community Mourns Loss of Life of Student Anne Bryan


PHILADELPHIA (June 6, 2013) – Yesterday marked a sad day in the history of Philadelphia and the PAFA community. Among the victims of the apparent building collapse at 22nd and Market streets in Philadelphia was PAFA student Anne Bryan.


Statement from PAFA President & CEO David R. Brigham:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic and sudden passing of first year student Anne Bryan, a young member of your PAFA community.

Anne started as a full-time student in our Certificate program in fall 2012. She began her journey with us in our High School Summer Academy in 2006, and enrolled in Continuing Education classes as well.

Anne will be remembered here at PAFA by her friends and faculty as dynamic, inquisitive and smart. She believed in the importance of art, took her work seriously, and was very committed to learning, improving her skills and exploring different mediums as a means of expressing complex ideas. She described PAFA as a thought-provoking community where students are challenged by teachers and peers, and share a passion for art, growth, and achieving artistic goals. 

We are saddened by the loss of this promising young artist and extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

A memorial service is planned for Anne at PAFA at a date yet to be determined.

Statement from the Family of Anne Bryan:

Yesterday, our family suffered a devastating loss when our daughter, Anne Bryan, was taken from us.  Anne was a brilliant and caring young woman just entering the prime of her life. She was an incredibly kind and loving person and her death has left a hole in the hearts of all who knew her. 

An extremely talented artist, Anne possessed a passion for the arts and an ability to find beauty in everything around her. Anne lived her life with an open heart. She gave herself to her family, friends and anyone in need of help. Her generosity was limitless. No one could ask for a better daughter, sister or friend. 

That she will not be here to continue to touch the lives of those around her is of intense pain to all of our family and her friends. This pain is fresh and it runs deep. As such, we ask that the media respect our request for privacy as we begin the grieving process.

Gifts can be made in Anne's memory here.


About PAFA

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.