Special Tours

Determined To Be: The Sculpture of John Rhoden

Event Information
Fisher Brooks Gallery
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
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Advance registration is required.

General Public
PAFA Members: Free
Lori Waselchuk
Photo of a a team of five people handling heavy equipment to pour molten bronze into molds. Behind the team stand five people looking intently at the pour in front of them.

In 2017, the John Rhoden Estate selected the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) to assume the responsibility of preserving and promoting John Rhoden's artistic legacy. The Rhoden Collection includes over 300 works of art and 22 linear feet of archival materials. 

Determined To Be: The Sculpture of John Rhoden, on view at PAFA through April 7, 2024, is the first comprehensive retrospective of twentieth century African American sculptor, John Rhoden (1916-2001). With a sculptural sensibility defined by his extensive world travels, sensualism, and a breadth of visual influences, Rhoden worked in a style that was ahead of his time and is one of the most prolific sculptors of the 20th century. Lori Waselchuk, PAFA's Assistant Director of Public Programs will talk about Rhoden's incredible work, his personal story, and PAFA's stewardship of the Rhoden Collection and John Rhoden Digital Archive. 

Registration includes the entrance fee to PAFA's Museum.