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PAFA campus at night
In accordance with restrictions announced Monday, November 16, by Philadelphia government and health officials, PAFA, along with other citywide art museums and colleges, will temporarily close for in-person activities, in support of broad-based efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
animation frame
PAFA is pleased to announce Animation as the newest undergraduate program at the College of the Fine Arts under the leadership of department chair Amy Lee Ketchum. PAFA's Animation curriculum builds on PAFA’s strong tradition of narrative storytelling and experimental approaches to moving imagery.
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brittany webb
PAFA is pleased to announce that Dr. Brittany Webb has been named Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth Century Art. A member of the PAFA community since 2018, Dr. Webb is the Curator of the John Rhoden Collection. With her new curatorial appointment, Dr. Webb becomes the inaugural Evelyn and…
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bacchanal live auction
PAFA is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala & Auction will be held virtually on November 14, 2020. The institution’s largest annual fundraiser and the Philadelphia region’s premier wine event, Bacchanal raises $500,000 every year for student scholarships at PAFA.
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Kevin F. Donohoe, Chair of PAFA's Board of Trustees, addresses the PAFA community regarding the departure of President & CEO Dr. David R. Brigham.
Historical Landmark Building interior, mezzanine | Image: Barbara Katus
PAFA and the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) are the recipients of two grants of $480K from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. These awards will support an upcoming, transformative, multi-site contemporary art collaboration between the two organizations and additional partners at…
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María Berrío, The Oracles’ Silence (2019). © María Berrío
Discover PHL's guide to upcoming exhibitions puts PAFA in the spotlight, with "Only Tony: Portraits by Gilbert Lewis" and "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" making the list.
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Marie Watt, "Skywalker/Skyscraper (Allegory)" (2012). © Marie Watt | image: aaron johansen
In Thomas Hine's roundup of fall museum exhibitions for the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" makes the list.
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Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), Cascades Perpendiculars I, 1980-82. nds of Bernice McIlhenny Wintersteen in honor of her 80th birthday, and the Ware Trust Fund. © 2020 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Artnet contributors Sarah Cascone and Caroline Goldstein highlight upcoming exhibitions opening this fall across the United States. Among their top picks is PAFA's Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale, which opens on November 19.
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Staircase of the Historic Landmark Building
The Board of Trustees updates the PAFA community on its efforts to create a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment for the practice of instruction, study, and work at the institution.
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PAFA's School Review Committee shares an update on their ongoing efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community.
Annual Student Exhibition
PAFA is pleased to announce the updated schedule for the Annual Student Exhibition, opening opening to the public September 12 and on view through October 3, 2020, as well as information about the ASE Preview Party and related events.
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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.