Past Exhibitions

Emily Erb: American Love Story

February 06, 2018 April 09, 2018

School of Fine Arts Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

February 6 - April 9, 2018

Reception: Thursday, February 22, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Art World We Want

February 13, 2018 April 08, 2018

Frances M. Maguire Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

An interactive show featuring works from PAFA’s permanent collection that will catalyze conversations about power, gender, visibility, and voice, alongside a series of interactive programming on these issues

Chuck Close Photographs

October 06, 2017 April 08, 2018

Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Exploring how one of the most important figures in contemporary art has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods, and approaches

Material World

February 23, 2018 April 01, 2018

Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery, Historic Landmark Building

February 23, 2018 - April 1, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, February 23rd, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms

September 15, 2017 March 18, 2018

Modern Galleries, Historic Landmark Building

This exhibition explores the subversions and potentialities of feminine forms through works by women artists.

Graphic Women

November 16, 2017 February 18, 2018

Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery, Historic Landmark Building

Focusing on the growth of professional women artists in Philadelphia between 1880 and the early 20th century


December 01, 2017 January 15, 2018

Annenberg Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

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

Zorawar Sidhu: Eakins in Perspective

December 01, 2017 January 07, 2018

PAFA Alumni Gallery

Zorawar Sidhu (Certificate/BFA '12) reinterprets historical artworks using authentic materials and contemporary processes. Featuring drawings by Thomas Eakins (Student 1862-1862; Instructor 1876-1880; Director of the School 1880-1886), this exhibition examines systems of drawing in the academic tradition and at present.

Opening reception: Friday, December 8, 5-7pm

Monument Lab

September 14, 2017 December 10, 2017

Morris Gallery, Historic Landmark Building

Mural Arts' citywide public art and history project featuring 22 artists, with PAFA as its orientation and information hub

Take it Away, Keep it Together

September 13, 2017 November 26, 2017

Alumni Gallery, Historic Landmark Building

New work by Kate McCammon and Noah Steinman, graduates of PAFA’s MFA program and recipients of the 2016 Faculty Exhibition Award


August 09, 2017 September 09, 2017

Tuttleman and School of Fine Arts galleries, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

The first annual thesis exhibition for PAFA’s Low-Residency MFA program