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The Philadelphia Tribune | A collection of John Rhoden's creative legacy on display at PAFA

"In 2017, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) was chosen by the John Rhoden Estate to act as stewards to the Rhoden collection; an assemblage of over 300 pieces of art and archival material from renowned sculptor John Rhoden."

“I can’t overstate the importance of the archives, you really need to have a bit of an understanding and appreciation for his life, to fully understand his work,” says Dr. Brittany Webb, curator of the collection.

"Along with the Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection, Webb dovetails an array of sculptures and archival materials that offer a look at Rhoden’s personal history, travel, and fascination with identity."

Read the full article "A collection of John Rhoden's creative legacy on display at PAFA" online at phillytrib.com (December 15, 2023). Determined to Be: The Sculpture of John Rhoden is on view at PAFA until April 7, 2024. 


Featured Image: John Rhoden’s “Safari” on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the “Determined to Be” installation, Determined To Be: The Sculpture of John Rhoden, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, October 5, 2023–April 7, 2024 in the Hamilton Building. Courtesy of PAFA. Photography by Adrian Cubillas.


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.