Graphite drawing of nude male figure
Since her very first visit to PAFA, Faith has truly found her place in a close-knit community where she can focus on her art.
Students painting on river doc
Each semester Continuing Education offers online, evening, and weekend options for each discipline - Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, and more. One particular favorite of many participants in the warmer months are outdoor painting classes, continuing a tradition referred to as "Plein Air…
Digital collage of Anna Hoppel with paintings
Undergraduate Anna Hoppel was recently featured by Natalia Castillo for 34th Street Magazine, part of The Daily Pennsylvanian, an independent student news organization of the University of Pennsylvania. View her work in person at the 121st Annual Student Exhibition, May 13–June 5.
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Peter Van Dyck painting
Painting faculty, Peter Van Dyck, exhibits with a solo show at Sugarlift Gallery, "Peter Van Dyck: A Flight to the World" open May 5–30, 2022.
Ilene Spiewak's artwork Deeper into the Isolation of Self Information and Gender
Ilene Spiewak's self portrait is one of 42 selected out of 2,700 submissions for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, a juried national competition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
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Installation view of ASE 2021
PhillyMag has featured the 121st Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) in their "highly curated, strongly opinionated guide to things to do this month." ASE is one of only two art events to be selected.
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Robert Roesch's painting
Professor Robert Roesch has served PAFA for nearly 40 years of teaching. Robert is retiring at the end of the spring term to devote full attention to his very active studio practice.
Joan Semmel Skin in the Game painting
Alpesh Kantilal Patel reviewed the recent retrospective, "Joan Semmel: Skin in the Game," for ArtForum's artguide data base of special events and exhibitions.
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Stool and easel in Raoul Middleman studio
Painter Raoul Middleman's studio is becoming a museum, reports Lydia Wood for Baltimore Magazine. Middleman attended PAFA before moving to the Baltimore home in 1961.
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Taylor Larson painting Window at the Window
Thrillist names 14 of the best museum exhibits in Philadelphia that should be viewed before they're gone, naming PAFA's 121st Annual Student Exhibit as number three on the list.
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Michael Gallagher painting, Blue Nocturne
Two solo exhibits at the Gross McCleaf Gallery this month feature PAFA artists. Check out faculty Michael Gallagher's exhibition "Infinition," and graduate of the PAFA/UPenn coordinated BFA, Mickayel Thurin's "Awakening."
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wall of the museum exhibition Women in Motion
WHYY’s Priyanka Tewari reports on the legacy of women artists at PAFA, following a visit to the museum and curator interview.
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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.