Summer Studio/Critique Program

July 9 - August 17, 2018

Watch for updated information for the 2019 program in February!  Critics vary each year; see below for the Summer 2018 participating critics.

This six-week program is designed for artists and educators who desire constructive feedback on their artwork, as well as the support and interaction of an artistic community. Registration includes a private, interior studio in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, and individual Friday critiques from a stellar ensemble of nationally and internationally known artists, including members of PAFA’s acclaimed faculty. Lead critique Neysa Grassi will hold group critique, discussion and field trips.



Neysa Grassi is known for her gouache, mixed media, and oil paintings whose surfaces reveal the intense physicality of her creative process. Through multiple layers of paint that have been applied, manipulated, wiped out, and covered again, she creates a tactile quality that variously evinces spontaneous energy or calculated meditation.  Grassi is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship and has had solo exhibitions at several museums, including the Pensacola Art Museum in Florida and PAFA, as well as numerous one-person exhibitions in galleries in Philadelphia and New York. Her work is included in the permanent collections of PAFA, the Berman Museum of Art, the Palmer Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Woodmere Art Museum. She is represented by Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. She is a critic in PAFA’s MFA program.

Tom Csaszar is an artist, writer and lecturer.  His paintings have been exhibited regionally for over 25 years.  He has written numerous articles over the last two decades for the Journal of ArtARTnewsArt in AmericaAmerican Crafts, Sculpture, and the New Art Examiner, where he served as a contributing editor from 1993 to 2001.  He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and the College Art Association.  He teaches Readings and Research and Aesthetics and Criticism and serves as a critic in the PAFA graduate program.

Brooke Davis Anderson is the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum at PAFA.  Prior to joining PAFA in 2017, she served as Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans/U.S. Biennial, Deputy Director of Curatorial Planning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Founding Director and Curator of The Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York.  She taught as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, City College of New York, and Winston-Salem State University.

Mark Green holds a BFA at Washington University in St. Louis and MFA in painting at the University of Delaware.  He served on the faculty of the Parsons School of Design, Paris Campus, for seven years, where he was enchanted by the rich aspects of French architecture as well as the weather and light, which became limitless variables for his painterly inventions.  Intrigued by architectural forms as the vessels for our lives, and the psychological/emotional histories they contain, his paintings of singular houses and buildings are expressionistic portraits that defined states of being -- be they melancholic, brash, enigmatic or blissful.  He is on the faculty the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York.   

Aubrey Levinthal is a painter living and working in Philadelphia, where she earned an MFA degree from PAFA. Her practice centers around still life and narrative imagery, with an overarching concern for formal language. Recent show venues include Nancy Margolis Gallery and NOVELLA Gallery in New York, Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, and Woodmere Art Museum.  She is also an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant recipient. She has taught in the BFA program at PAFA and at Rowan University, Penn State University and Burlington County College.  

Renée P. Foulks' interest in old master painting techniques, in which layers of oil color are superimposed over a carefully modeled underpainting, distinguishes her work for its sumptuous surfaces, virtuosic realism and exquisite detail.  Foulks exhibits her paintings and drawings extensively throughout the United States, at venues such as the PAFA Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Oglethorpe Museum of Art in Atlanta. Her commitment to education includes 20 years at the University of the Arts (Foundation and Illustration) and over 20 years at PAFA, where she teaches figure, portrait and narrative drawing/painting courses and is a critic in the BFA and MFA Programs. She serves as Chairperson of PAFA's Drawing Department.


THE 2018 PROGRAM IS CLOSED.  Check back in February for updated information and the opportunity to register for the Summer 2019 program.  Early registration is encouraged as a Wait List is expected.

Dates: July 9 - August 17, 2018 (unlimited studio access; Friday critiques scheduled by timeslot sign-up)

Tuition: $1,200 for 3.0 graduate credits, 4.0 undergraduate credits, or non-credit.  Please specify credit selection when registering.

BONUS! Receive a 10% tuition discount on all subsequent summer CE studio classes!  (Complete Summer 2018 CE schedule will be available by April 2.)

By registering for the Summer Studio/Critique Program, you agree to abide by PAFA's policies and regulations (see below).


The Summer Studio/Critique Program is offered through PAFA's Continuing Education (CE) Programs.

  • Click here for CE contact information, office hours, directions and other visitors' information. 
  • Review Continuing Education Registration and Policy Information prior to registering for information about PAFA accreditation and transcript requests, as well as withdrawal and refund policies. 
  • No materials list is provided for this program.  Students may work in their media of choice, adhering to PAFA's materials safety rules and clean air policy, as described in its Student Regulations and Policy Guide.  A letter from the director with information regarding orientation, move-in directions, and the studio rental agreement will be provided.