A juried exhibition at PAFA celebrating work by undergraduates enrolled at AICAD schools

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents Crosscurrents, a juried exhibition of work by undergraduate students who attend schools in The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

Students currently enrolled in their junior or senior year at an AICAD institution and AICAD alumni from the last two years who are not currently enrolled in an MFA program.

October 27, 2017

Application Requirements
Eligible applicants are required to submit a portfolio of 5 images. Images can originate in any format but must be submitted digitally through SlideRoom, accessed via the PAFA Crosscurrents webpage.

Each application must include a caption sheet for images submitted that includes: Image Title, Dimensions, Medium, Date, and a concise description of work, limited to 260 characters maximum.  This will be visible to the jurors alongside the applicant's image portfolio.

Applicants are also required to submit an artist statement that explains the images, process, and intentions as related to the works shown.  Artist statements should be 500 words maximum, and can be in a .doc or .pdf format.

There is a $10.00 application fee.

Selection and Notification
Chair of the MFA Program, Didier William, and fellow jurors Brooke Davis Anderson, Director of the Museum at PAFA; Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art at PAFA; and Emmitt Smith, PAFA Alumnus, MFA 2017, will jury the exhibition and select work to be included in the show.  Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified on November 3, 2017. (Applicants: please be sure that the default address on your SlideRoom account is the address where you receive mail).

Additionally, 5 finalists will be considered for the full-tuition scholarship.  Supplemental application materials will be required of those artists, and notification of the winner of the full-tuition scholarship will occur the evening of the opening, December 1, 2017.

1. Submitted works must be no larger than 74 inches in the vertical dimension. Students are encouraged to restrict submissions to works on paper, paintings, and objects that require little-to-no floor space.

2. There is limited video equipment available and equipment requests will be considered.  Artists may also supply their own equipment.

3. Images submitted should be in jpeg format, 12 inches on the longer side, sized at 72 pixels per inch, saved at the highest setting available (usually 10 or 12).  Files must follow this format: last name, then first name, separated by an underscore, followed by the number in the sequence.  Example: Doe_Jane2.jpg.

3. All work must arrive at PAFA exhibition-ready.


2016 Crosscurrents

The inaugural year of Crosscurrents was open exclusively to third- and fourth-year undergraduate students attending any of the 42 AICAD schools in the U.S. and Canada.  Among the selected artists, Isabelle Schipper, a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), was chosen as the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship to the MFA program at PAFA. Schipper is currently enrolled in PAFA's MFA class of 2019.


above: Isabelle Schipper, TV Bikini, 2016

The 2016 Crosscurrents jurors were Didier William, Chair of MFA Programs; Jan Baltzell, Painting Professor; and Colleen Asper, Visiting Critic. Of more than 300 submissions received, 37 artists from Maine to California were selected to show their work in Crosscurrents.

PAFA's MFA program is an intensive, two-year experience focused on studio practice and individual artistic development. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and welcomes students working in a variety of media with a wide range of interests. Through seminars, studio classes, critiques, and visiting artists, students are exposed to diverse viewpoints and approaches to art making. The program cultivates a strong sense of community, as students are both supported and challenged by their peers and faculty. It fosters independent, critical thinkers and makers who are engaged members of their artistic communities.