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.
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.
“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."
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.”
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.