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Students in the West lobby
PAFA is pleased to announce the initiation of a new grant program for incoming undergraduate and graduate students from the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
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claire huber, spring awakening
PAFA announces the revised schedule for its 119th Annual Student Exhibition, and commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2020.
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Brodsky Center Director Paola Morsiani guides visitors through a print portfolio
PAFA's Brodsky Center is pleased to announce the participants in its upcoming traveling seminar on contemporary prints for early- to mid-career curators. The seminar is made possible by a grant from the Getty Foundation and will take place April 5–10 across multiple venues in Philadelphia and New…
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Lonnie Holley Installation View
PAFA is pleased to present "Lost Child", a new outdoor projection installation by the acclaimed American artist Lonnie Holley. On view February 1–April 12, 2020, "Lost Child" is projected onto the north-facing wall of PAFA's Historic Landmark Building as part of a new initiative supported by PNC…
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joan semmel
PAFA is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This grant will support PAFA's upcoming retrospective exhibition of work by the pioneering American painter Joan Semmel. This is PAFA's second $100,000 grant from the…
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Deborah Will, "I Made Space for a Good Man" (2009)
PAFA is the recipient of a $35,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This grant will support PAFA's major upcoming exhibition, "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" (July 16—Dec. 6, 2020), which invites viewers to consider how size and…
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Jonathan Lyndon Chase, "For you For us Come back soon" (2019). Seven-color plate lithograph on Somerset Satin white paper, 38 x 30 ⅜ inches. Edition of 10.  Collaborating Master Printer: Peter Haarz. Published by the Brodsky Center at PAFA, Philadelphia.
The Brodsky Center at PAFA is pleased to publish a new lithograph by the Philadelphia-based artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase (MFA '16). For you For us Come back soon (2019) is the second print that Chase has created as the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Brodsky Center at PAFA.
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Henry O. Tanner, "Pomp at Philadelphia Zoo" (ca. 1880-86)
PAFA is pleased to announce the addition of 39 historic, modern, and contemporary works to its permanent collection of American art. Works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Minerva Cuevas, and Doron Langberg are among the new additions to the permanent collection.
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PAFA is pleased to announce that Jill Holler Durovsik has been appointed to the Board of Trustees. Durovsik has had a long and distinguished career in business, and was founder of the consumer services company Corporate Concierge, Inc.
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Dr. Anna O. Marley
Curator Dr. Anna O. Marley, has been named a Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow for 2020. This prestigious fellowship provides curators with classes taught by Columbia Business School Professors, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches to self-knowledge, leadership, and the social…
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Elizabeth Colomba, "Riding Places" (2019)
PAFA singled out for its leadership in collecting artwork by women by a new survey of 26 major American art institutions from In Other Words / Artnet News.
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Maria Berrio, "The Oracles' Silence" (2019). Collage with handmade Japanese papers, magazine papers, Jade glue and charcoal on canvas, with matt medium, 60 x 48 inches.
PAFA is pleased to announce the addition of 13 historic, modern, and contemporary works to its permanent collection of American art. These new acquisitions include works of painting, collage, reclaimed material, and works on paper, created between 1905 and 2019. In keeping with PAFA's longtime…
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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.