Installation view of <em>Communion with Nature: Paintings by William Gannotta</em>, 2009, Photo by Rick Echelmeyer


PAFA promotes the transformative power of art and art making.

Through the rare combination of our spectacular galleries, our internationally known school of fine arts, and our public programs, PAFA strives to provide students and visitors alike with a unique and thrilling experience. Read more about PAFA in the spring 2015 issue of Preview.




Mission Statement

PAFA promotes the transformative power of art and art making.

Vision Statement

PAFA will inspire the future of American art by creating, challenging, cultivating, and celebrating excellence in the fine arts.

About the Museum

PAFA's museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training.

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About the School

This specialized and unique art school attracts some of the most committed and promising art students from across the country and around the globe to study painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture with a distinguished faculty of working artists. The school holds a position of national prestige, with cutting-edge studio and classroom facilities, private studios for students, a historic cast collection, and the opportunity for students to exhibit in a world-class museum.

Read more about the history of the school.