The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented in recognition of outstanding artistic achievement. Collectively, recipients are intended to reflect the diversity of the alumni body. The Alumni Association established the award in 2003 and an icon familiar to all who have been formed by this institution: the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Since the Winged Victory, or Nike, entered PAFA's cast collection in 1894, thousands of American artists havelearned basic skills in all disciplines by studying its subtleties. The Nike is a bridge and an inspiration to the future achievements of all alumni. The award was sculpted by longtime PAFA instructor Tony Visco, the bronze reduction of the Nike is cast by PAFA students.
The recipient is selected by vote of the Alumni Association Council. Nominees must be alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, not currently enrolled as a student, and have satisfactorily completed at least one year of any PAFA degree-granting or certificate program: Certificate, BFA, MFA, or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Alumni currently serving as member of the PAFA faculty are ineligible.
Nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award are now being accepted from faculty, staff, alumni, and other stakeholders. All submissions will be considered by the Alumni Association Council. Please complete the form below to nominate a candidate.