Art Keeps Him Young: CBS News Interviews Alumni Philip Cohn

CBS News interviews the artist for the exhibition Philip Cohn: My Life's Work on view in the Alumni Gallery, in "99-year-old Philly artist shows how fine arts keeps him young."

"The important big deal is me getting in front of the canvas and working today, that's the big deal, not the show," Cohn said.

This exhibition, curated and produced by Michael Gallagher, Associate Chair of Fine Arts, includes works that span Cohn’s 75 years as a professional artist.

Although Cohn’s works have been compared to those of well-known French and Italian artists such as Renoir, Cezanne, and Bellini—whose exhibitions Cohn first saw and admired while stationed in Europe during WWII—they are made profoundly personal in their clear depiction of Cohn’s own interpretations and perceptions of the people and places around him.

Since his time in the Army, as well as his time traveling throughout Europe as sponsored by PAFA’s prestigious William Emlen Cresson Memorial Traveling Scholarship, Cohn has traveled extensively, sketching and painting the landscapes and interactions that have continued to color his own understanding of the world.

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the United States’ first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers a world-class collection of American art, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and educational opportunities in the fine arts. The PAFA Museum aims to tell America's diverse story through art, expanding who has been included in the canon of art history through its collections, exhibitions, and public programs, while classes educate artists and appreciators with a deep understanding of traditions and the ability to challenge conventions. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.