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In the scramble to find personal protective equipment (PPE), museums and art schools have stepped in to help local hospitals, all of whom say they are running short. Discover how PAFA, along with other local institutions, are participating in the efforts to fight the coronavirus.
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Dr. Constance Clayton and her mother, Williabell Clayton
Karen Chernick takes a closer look at the mother-daughter duo of Dr. Constance E. and Williabell Clayton, whose personal collection of art is on view in our exhibition, "Awakened in You".
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PAFA online collection screenshot

Philadelphia's Association for Public Art has compiled a list of online arts resources from local cultural organizations—including PAFA's own permanent collection, which is available online. This resource connects art lovers of all kinds to thousands of artworks from these organizations.

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Maria Berrios
Claire Voon examines the efforts of museums—which includes PAFA—to expand their holdings of women artists.
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john rhoden, "jupiter"
Kemuel Benyehudah weighs in about the importance of the work and activism of Black curators in collecting institutions, and spoke with curator Dr. Brittany Webb on her efforts at PAFA and beyond.
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allyson shotz, plane weave
A.D. Amorosi recaps our March 11 event with PAFA curators Jodi Throckmorton and Dr. Brittany Webb, which previewed our upcoming exhibition, "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale".
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Installation view of "Awakened in You"

Reporter Thomas Hine looks at two current PAFA exhibitions, "Awakened in You" and  Making Community, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, calling the shows "intimate" and "communal".

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"awakened in you" installation view
FOX 29's Alex Holley explains the significance of Dr. Clayton's amazing collection, now on view.
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Youth Council member Sophia Becker guides journalists through the Helen Frankenthaler show
KYW Newsradio spoke with Youth Council member Sophia Becker about her experience of being part of the curatorial team behind At One Stroke: Prints by Helen Frankenthaler.
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installation view
The Broad Street Review examines the legacy of Helen Frankenthaler as seen through the lens of the current exhibition, At One Stroke: Prints by Helen Frankenthaler, now on view in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
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installation view of "awakened in you"

Take a look behind the scenes of the exhibition, "Awakened in You" with reporter Stephan Salisbury. The exhibition features works from the gift of Dr. Constance E. Clayton and "has the aura of a family meal around the dinner table," Salisbury writes.

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Dr. Constance E. Clayton is photographed with her mother, Williabell Clayton, in whose honor 78 artworks were donated to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
WHYY's Peter Crimmins takes a look at PAFA's upcoming exhibition, "Awakened In You": The Collection of Dr. Constance E. Clayton.
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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.