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Philadelphia Inquirer | Mixed Media: At America's first art school and museum, Black artists forged a space of their own

As part of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s series “A More Perfect Union,” which explores the roots of systemic racism in America through institutions founded in Philadelphia, Dr. Synatra Smith and Zoe Greenberg examined the legacy of Black artists at PAFA.

Read the full article here to learn more about the lives of Moses Williams (1777-1825), Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), Horace Pippin (1888-1946), Dox Thrash (1893-1965), Ellen Powell Tiberino (1937-1992), Charles Searles (1937-2004), Moe Brooker (1940-2022), Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017), James Brantley (b. 1945), Quentin Morris (b. 1945), and Nannette Acker Clark (b. 1948).


Image: Charles Searles (1937-2004), Dancer, 1989. Acrylic on primed wood construction with hinged extensions, 96 x 72 x 12 in.

Last Updated
February 15, 2023 - 11:26 AM

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.