Art at Lunch


Bring your lunch and enjoy discussions and lectures with scholars and artists covering a variety of topics related to PAFA’s exhibitions, collections, and areas of interest.

Art At Lunch programs are FREE and no registration is required.

All Art At Lunch events are held on Wednesdays, from 12 noon until 1:00 PM, in the Historic Landmark Building's Hamilton Auditorium.

For more information, contact Abby King at (215) 391-4806 or email

Spring 2019 Art-at-Lunch lectures are made possible in memory of Mildred T. Lefkoe, a beloved member of the docent corps, having been its first vice president, 1987-89, and president, 1989-91.

Upcoming Events

Community Education

April 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Art at Lunch | Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy

Walt Whitman, America’s “poet of democracy,” turns 200 in 2019. To mark the bicentennial, curators Judith Tannenbaum and Lynne Farrington have organized Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy, a region-wide series of cultural events and artistic commissions. Learn from the experts about Whitman’s connection to the Philadelphia/Camden region, including his friendships with Thomas Eakins and Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell.

Cost: Free, no registration required.

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Hamilton Auditorium

Community Education

April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Franz Kline: From Pennsylvania Coal Country to the Nation’s Capital

Born in the coal-mining town of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Franz Kline was feted in the nation’s capital shortly after his death for the Americanness of his painting. Dr. AnnMarie Perl examines three related paradoxes: why was Kline, who worked from sketches, hailed as “the Action Painter par excellence”; how did the avant-garde movement of Abstract Expressionism become a propaganda tool in the Cold War; how did Kline’s abstractions register industrialization, urbanization and suburbanization in America at mid-century.

Cost: Free, no registration required.

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Hamilton Auditorium