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PAFA-Penn BFA Dual Degree Student Anna Hoppel in 34th Street Magazine

Undergraduate Anna Hoppel was recently featured by Natalia Castillo for 34th Street Magazine, part of The Daily Pennsylvanian, an independent student news organization of the University of Pennsylvania. Anna is pursuing the PAFA/Penn BFA Dual-Degree program focused on painting.

"'If I’m not experimenting and learning new things throughout the course of the paintings, why am I even doing it?' There’s no secret to making good art, and there’s no secret to viewing art either. Anna expresses, 'The division between an artist and a normal person is so Western and so American. [Art] is so vague and abstract—it can be approached from so many different angles. It’s just way more accessible than most people think it is.'

Anna shares, 'When I’m cooking, or playing music, or writing, or doing anything, it’s all coming from the same place,' that place of creativity and emotion. She believes everyone holds the ability to create and express within themselves." 

Learn more about Anna and her artwork in the full profile below, and view her work in person at the 121st Annual Student Exhibition, May 13–June 5.

Last Updated
May 9, 2022 - 7:12 PM

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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, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.