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PAFA’s Open Studio Night is Friday, February 17

PAFA’s Open Studio Night is Friday, February 17

See what the buzz is about! An up-close and personal look into the creative process, and works in progress, of a new generation of emerging artists

PHILADELPHIA (February 1, 2017)  – The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is hosting its annual Open Studio Night on Friday, February 17, 5 – 9 p.m. at 128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia.

One of the most anticipated events on the school’s calendar, Open Studio Night is the one time each year when PAFA's graduate and undergraduate students open their studios to the public to show and discuss their works in progress.

The lively event is an opportunity for these emerging artists to show their works in progress and discuss their art-making process with art collectors, gallery owners and the public.

Open Studio Night takes place on all five studio floors of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at 128 N. Broad Street -- comprising 200 private studios where PAFA students develop and refine their paintings, illustration, sculpture, prints and drawings throughout the school year.

An event that welcomed 1,200 visitors to PAFA in 2016, Open Studio Night also provides a sneak peek of works that will appear in the 116th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE), on view May 12 - June 4, 2017. Thousands of excited collectors flock to ASE every year to purchase works by PAFA’s talented young artists on the cusp of their artistic careers.

Also on view during Open Studio Night will be Merge Visible, a group of four student-curated group exhibitions on the fifth floor featuring work of third- and fourth-year undergraduate students. Merge Visible includes an exhibition illustrating the creative trials and tribulations of art making; an installation that manipulates light and color to evoke stained glass windows; a collaborative visual retelling of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood; and a collection of digital art including 3D-printed sculptures.

Other activities in store for visitors will include a bronze pour by sculpture students in PAFA's foundry, and a demonstration by PAFA’s printmaking students and an opportunity for visitors to pull their own screenprint.

As the evening winds down, the Young Friends of PAFA will host an Open Studio Night after party with complimentary drinks, light snacks, and music by PAFA alumnus, Juanderful.

Visitors are encouraged to follow @PAFAcademy on Twitter and Instagram, and share photos of Open Studio Night using the hashtag #PAFAOpenStudio.


About PAFA
Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school of fine arts and museum. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education with a world-class permanent collection of American art.
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February 2, 2017 - 1:45 PM

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.