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Gilbert Lewis (b. 1945), Pale Gold, 1991. Gouache on paper, 24 x 18 in. Private Collection. © Gilbert Lewis.
As PAFA prepares for the museum's reopening on September 12, we are pleased to announce our updated schedule of museum exhibitions through Spring 2021.
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Broad Street at night
PAFA is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Allsopp as Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President. In this role, Jane will develop and lead PAFA's comprehensive fundraising initiatives, working with senior staff, the Board of Trustees, and the development team to ensure the long…
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installation view of "from the schuylkill to the hudson"
PAFA is the recipient of a gift totaling $2 million from National Trustee Ken Woodcock. This generous gift will endow the museum's Curator of Historical American Art position, which will henceforth be named The Kenneth R. Woodcock Curator of Historical American Art. This position is currently held…
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summer academy students
PAFA has announced that its summer programming for 2020, including its Continuing Education, Summer Art Camp for Kids, and Teen and Pre-College Programs, will be conducted online through virtual learning platforms.
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Philadelphia Wireman, "Untitled" (ca. 1970-75)
PAFA is pleased to announce the addition of 88 historic, modern, and contemporary works to its renowned permanent collection of American art. Works by Purvis Young, Liliana Porter, General Idea, Winifred Lutz, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, and more are among the latest acquisitions.
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visitor in the museum
PAFA is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $75,000 urgent needs grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, awarded for the purpose of providing financial support for PAFA as it continues to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dr. Sarah Beetham
Dr. Sarah Beetham has been named Chair of the Liberal Arts Department in the School of Fine Arts at PAFA. Since 2015, Dr. Beetham has served on the faculty and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History.
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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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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.