STORIES FROM PAFA

Laura Sallade

Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania can be a challenge when you’re considering pursuing a life in the arts. Making the choice of where to study can be a difficult one.

After visiting art schools in Philadelphia and seeing the level of work a PAFA student generates, Laura Sallade (Cert. ’13) was convinced she had to be a part of what she found so inspiring.

Initially drawn to a classical approach, she switched from pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts to the Certificate Program so she could spend more time in the studio. What began as an attempt to cut away unwanted sections of a print with a razor blade, Laura’s intricate cutting of translucent paper reveals patterns evocative of nature, science, and memories.

“I want to be around people who are great at what they do. I want to be pushed.”


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.