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Philadelphia Inquirer | Five iconic American artworks on display at PAFA’s newest show

Five art experts on their favorite pieces in Making American Artists: Stories from PAFA, 1776-1976.


"If there is an American artist whose work, over the last century or so, has amazed you, chances are the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has had some role to play in the making of it. Its ongoing “Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976″ exhibit “explores the role that art has played in influencing our national history and identity over 200 years,” according to PAFA. It reckons with the Academy’s own role in shaping American art across decades, including which artists were elevated and which were shut out." –Bedatri D.Choudhury

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