Alumni Stories

Brittany Bennett

2015

/ Penn BFA

"I am at an advantage for applying to jobs, internships, and graduate programs in scientific illustration because not only can I draw—but I can understand the science of what I’m drawing."

Niloofar Gholamrezaei

2012

/ MFA

"Cultural norms in Iran made it difficult to organize or participate in figure drawing clubs. I decided to join a program that gave me this possibility."

Phebe Hemphill

1987

/ Certificate

Work by PAFA’s accomplished alumni can be found everywhere. You might even have creations by one alumna in your pocket right now.

Jason Loebs

2004

/ Certificate

Jason Loebs creates work that is decidedly non-traditional, yet it was PAFA’s commitment to observational art-making that drew him to the school.

Kate Kaman

2004

/ Certificate

Kate Kaman came to PAFA with a passion for figurative painting. Early on, she started making stretcher bars out of found railroad ties, and a sculptor was born.

Joel Stanulonuis

2014

/ MFA

Shortly after completing completing his MFA, Stanulonis' drawing That Little Plane -- first exhibited at the 113th Annual Student Exhibition -- was featured on the cover of New American Paintings.

Katherine Wirick

2011

/ MFA

Katherine Wirick’s artistic exploration of sequential narratives and graphic novels runs the gamut from family tragedy and political protest to historical drama and baseball.

Dufala Brothers

2000

/ Certificate

Steven Dufala and Billy Blaise Dufala are prolific multidisciplinary artists whose work defies categorization and extends from sculpture and drawing to theater, music and performance art.

Emily Erb

2012

/ MFA

Emily Erb [MFA '12] was a 2017 recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Foundation Grant, which is awarded to emerging artists "who represent the highest artistic promise of the coming generation."

David Schutter

1996

/ Certificate

"The sustained attention that PAFA asked of its students prepared me for the kind of looking that is at the heart of what I do."

Arcmanoro Niles

2013

/ BFA

“PAFA was a very exciting environment where I was able to figure out and develop a type of critical thinking that is applicable to many aspects of life, not just painting."

Ana María Gómez López

2011

/ Post-Baccalaureate

Ana María Gómez López left a career in forensic anthropology to become a visual artist, a journey that began at PAFA and continues in her current home of Berlin.

Evangelos Frudakis

1949

/ Certificate

“We are poets in clay. We capture something that has its own identity. My philosophy was poetry, it was excellence, and it was that the truth comes from nature.”

Emily Diehl & Peter Haarz

2012

/ Certificate

The way Emily Diehl and Peter Haarz see it, being a printmaker is part of an artistic lineage rooted in their time at PAFA with lithography teacher Ron Wyffels.

Lowry Burgess

1960

/ Certificate

Lowry Burgess contributes to the history of PAFA alumni who have had a profound effect on the art world not only through their artistic works, but also because of their ideas about art.

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