Alumni Stories

Clarity Haynes

2003

/ Certificate

Clarity Haynes knew from the age of 16 that she wanted to be an artist, and a mentor demonstrated to her the importance of working on one’s craft constantly. This philosophy is also what drew her to PAFA.

Bo Bartlett

1980

/ Certificate

Bo Bartlett and his fellow PAFA realists saw themselves as “renegades fighting against the hegemony” of the abstraction-obsessed 1970s.

Anna Hodges

2014

/ BFA

“I was surprised to find how strongly the faculty advocates unbridled self-expression. This was unexpected but very helpful.”

Yoni Hamburger

2013

/ MFA

“Every person has a frequency that is unique only to them. I try to tune in to that in my portraiture.”

Laura Sallade

2013

/ Certificate

Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania can be a challenge when you’re considering a life in the arts. Making the choice of where to study can be a difficult one.

Bong Mee Lee

2013

/ MFA

“I needed to know the foundations before I could break the rules. All of my work is autobiographical. I respond to it and it responds to me.”

Vincent Desiderio

1983

/ Certificate

Vincent Desiderio has played a major role in reclaiming painting as a valid and significant medium in late 20th-century art. He started out as an abstract painter before he focused on representational work.

Constantina Zavitsanos

2008

/ MFA

“By far the greatest part of my experience at PAFA was the one-on-one interaction with my core group of chosen critics/ teachers and my fellow MFA students. I continue many of these relationships today."

Orit Hofshi

1990

/ Certificate

Orit Hofshi began working at Mishkan Omanim (The Artist’s Studio) in Herzliya, Israel, following a decade of studying, working and exhibiting in the U.S.

Jon Laidacker

2007

/ MFA

Jon Laidacker was the lead muralist on the 85,000-square-foot "How Philly Moves" image that graces the Philadelphia International Airport parking garage walls near Interstate 95.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

2006

/ Post-Baccalaureate, Certificate

Njideka Akunyili was born in Enugu, Nigeria. Her paintings, characterized by rigorous figuration, explore the artist’s complex relationship to both Nigerian and Western culture.

Itsuki Ogihara

2008

/ Certificate

Itsuki Ogihara strives to apply her fine arts education in the design world. "The best thing I learned was to have a great eye: to be able to see and identify things, like colors. What I learned as a fine artist is universal.”

Maureen Drdak

1975

/ Certificate

“As a recent Fulbright Senior Scholar, my latest work in Nepal has inspired a renewed appreciation of my debt owed to PAFA. ... The school was crucial to my development as a global artist."

Kate Samworth

2010

/ BFA

“Access to the excellent printmaking and sculpture facilities gave me the chance to experiment in new media and expand my narrative paintings into books and dioramas."

Barkley L. Hendricks

1967

/ Certificate

As a contemporary painter, Barkley L. Hendricks has made pioneering contributions to African American portraiture and conceptualism. He is best known for his striking and provocative life-sized portraits.

Jordan Griska

2008

/ Certificate

Jordan Griska originally applied to pre-medicine programs, but soon returned to his love of building and constructing, which later became a love of fine art.

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