The Permanent Collection

Experience our collection of American Art

Founded in 1805 by artist and scientist Charles Willson Peale, William Rush, and other civic-minded artists and business leaders, PAFA is the first museum and school of fine arts in the nation.

PAFA’s museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, as well as contemporary works. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art, museums, and art education.

The permanent collection ranges from 18th- and 19th-century masters such as Benjamin West, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt to modern and contemporary artists including Charles Demuth, Jacob Lawrence, Alice Neel, Vik Muniz, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.