Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

Important News and Resources for the PAFA Community

The PAFA administration is closely monitoring the global and local situation with regard to the 2019 coronavirus disease, COVID-19, including advisories from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local authorities.

PAFA’s first priority is the safety of its community—including students, faculty, and staff—as well as visitors to PAFA’s museum, events, and programs.

We all have a collective responsibility to mitigate the spread of this disease and protect those most vulnerable. This page will serve as a frequently-updated resource for the PAFA community to access important information related to COVID-19, including any changes to PAFA’s usual operations.

Event Cancellations


Preventative Measures at PAFA

PAFA has taken a number of initial proactive steps aimed at protecting the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

  • Daily disinfecting of work surfaces by our facilities staff.
  • The installation of new hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers at entry points and other key areas on the PAFA campus.
  • The addition of informational posters related to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Staying Healthy

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever and respiratory difficulty including cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms may express themselves 2-14 days following exposure to the virus.

The CDC has released general guidelines for the public to follow in order to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including COVID-19. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If You Develop Symptoms

The CDC advises that anyone suspecting that they may be infected with COVID-19 practice cautionary self-quarantine and stay home, except to get medical care.

Resources for the PAFA Community


Jefferson Family Medical Associates (JFMA) provides PAFA students with a variety of basic medical services free of charge. To speak to or make an appointment with a JFMA healthcare professional, call (215) 955-7190. Their offices are located at 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 301.

Faculty & Staff

Contact your healthcare provider to discuss options. Those enrolled in PAFA health plans have the option to access care via Doctor on Demand, a telemedicine service. Learn more and access plan information through the Current Employee resource page.

Questions & Contact Information

Members of the PAFA community who have any questions related to COVID-19 and PAFA’s response to the outbreak are encouraged to contact us.

  • Students and their families: Anne Stassen, Dean of Students | (215) 972-2039 |
  • Faculty: Clint Jukkala, Dean of the School of Fine Arts | (215) 972-7623 |
  • Staff: Lisa Biagas, Human Resources | (215) 972-2038 |
  • All other inquiries: Patrick Reiher, Public Relations Director | (215) 972-2013 |

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.