Traveling Lecture Series

Cecilia Beaux, Les derniers jours d' enfance, 1883-1885 Oil on canvas.


The Traveling Lecture Series, offered in conjunction with ongoing exhibitions, brings museum staff members out to your institution to give a talk about an artist or art movement important to our mission. We’ll bring a powerpoint presentation, information about PAFA programs, and our expertise in the field, and all we ask is that you bring an audience.


Current Topic

A Room of Her Own: Women in American Art

Look back to boundary-busting, nineteenth-century female artists to help trace the forces of political and cultural change in American history that have both inspired and challenged professional female artists. From the colonial era accomplishments of the Peale daughters to the breadwinning surprises and subversive humor of Lily Martin Spencer to the trailblazing murals and left of center lifestyle of Violet Oakley, this talk covers 100 years of women who found ways to create the rooms they needed to become accomplished professionals in their own moments of history.

Philadelphia Firsts: A History of Philadelphia through Art                                                               

The historic collection of artworks in PAFA's galleries captures the story of Philadelphia as a city on the cutting edge of the 19th century, leading the country toward new discoveries in technology, creativity and civic engagement. Take a whirlwind tour of 18th and 19th century paintings that illustrate Philadelphia's greatest accomplishments as a city of firsts, including the founding of the first museum, the first public waterworks and public fountain, the first steamboat on the Schuylkill River, the first medical school and university, and many more.


Important Note: These topics are specially priced due to their relevence to current PAFA projects. Institutions are welcome to request other topics and custom talks, but fees for developing special topics will be significantly higher and are still subject to staff availability.