Details on Staircase in Gallery 6 of Historic Landmark Building

person on staircase landing looking up toward skylight


Artist Petah Coyne has created a two-part installation for Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America that embodies a symbolic interpretation of the country’s present and future.

There are two ways to view the upper level of the installation.

1. The ground level of the gallery is connected to a level above a skylight by a staircase.

The staircase is accessible from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday throughout the duration of the exhibition. Access is limited to two people at a time. To help ensure a safe and positive experience for all visitors, we ask that youth ages 8-13 are accompanied by an adult. Children under 8 are not permitted on the staircase.

2. A timelapse video of the upper level is on view at the ground level, so that all visitors can experience the sculptures at any time during museum hours.

By purchasing a ticket to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), all visitors and parents or guardians of minors affirm that they have read and understood, and willingly assume, the risks and terms described herein.

I understand that using the staircase to access Petah Coyne's installation at PAFA (the "Activity") involves risks, dangers, and hazards, including but not limited to slips, trips and falls. I agree to refrain from any action that may cause injury to myself or others, and to abide by, and to require and minor participants in my care to abide by, all rules posted by PAFA and all written or verbal instruction provided by employees or security personnel at PAFA. I understand that failure to obey such rules and instruction may lead to my expulsion from PAFA.

I, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, hereby waive, release, acquit and forever discharge the PAFA, its employees, directors and agents from any and all claims, rights, demands, actions, liabilities, obligations and causes of action of any and all kinds, nature and character whatsoever, known or unknown, that I or any of my minor children may sustain arising out of or relating to the Activity or any other services and facilities provided by PAFA (the "Services") This release and waiver includes any claims that I may have relating to medical, or other care I may receive as the result of the Activity or Services or any injury I or my minor children may sustain. I understand that the granting of my foregoing release is an express condition to my being permitted to participate in the Activity.