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Today, PAFA Board’s Executive Committee announced the creation of a special committee to recommend changes that will ensure that PAFA is a truly diverse and inclusive learning environment. 
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PAFA announces a planned public reopening date for the Museum. Learn more about our revised hours of operation, in addition to the preventative measures designed to protect the health and safety of our guests and staff.
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As PAFA prepares to reopen our physical on-campus spaces for the fall academic term, we are prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, while ensuring that students continue to receive a robust and high-quality arts education.
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President & CEO, Dr. David R. Brigham, follows up on his June 20 message to the PAFA community.
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PAFA President & CEO, Dr. David R. Brigham, writes to address the concerns expressed by some members of our PAFA community, which were outlined in a news article published by Billy Penn.
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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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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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Hank Willis Thomas, "All Power to All People" (2017)
As a community of artists, students, educators, administrators, scholars, and citizens, we at PAFA are united in our grief and outrage over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans whose lives continue to be cut short by brutal acts of racial…
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Explore every nook and cranny of the landmark 1875 painting by Thomas Eakins, "The Gross Clinic," with the New York Times's Jason Farago, and gain insight into its details and the significance they hold.
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Good Housekeeping lists PAFA's Summer Art Camp for Kids as a top pick for online summer camps this season.
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To commemorate their time at PAFA, the graduating class of 2020 has put together a digital yearbook with the assistance of the Student Services department.
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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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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.