A juried exhibition at PAFA celebrating work by undergraduate students at peer institutions across the country.

 The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents Crosscurrents, a juried exhibition of work by undergraduate students at peer institutions across the country.

Currently enrolled college and art school juniors and seniors (at PAFA and beyond), as well as alumni who are not currently enrolled in an MFA program and have not yet completed their MFA.

October 26, 2018

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.

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 Kaitlin Pomerantz, visual artist and MFA critic/Assistant to the MFA Chair, will jury the exhibition and select work to be included in the show.  Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified on November 2, 2018. (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, November 29, 2018.


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. Exhibiting artists must cover delivery costs to PAFA. PAFA will  cover cost to return artwork, for no more than $150 dollars per total submission.

Key Dates:




EXHIBITION DATES: Friday, November 30, 2018-Sunday, Jan 13, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 5-7pm



Submit your application on SlideRoom!