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When she began her position as PAFA’s chair of animation in 2019, Amy Lee Ketchum found herself with the unique opportunity to build a program in which students follow their interests and emerge able to make a career of those interests, no matter the field.

“I got to envision ‘What is my dream…

Perspectives
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The Calder Foundation has unveiled its vision for "Calder Gardens" in Philadelphia, a new home to showcase three generations of Philadelphia artists. In anticipation, Stephen Salisbury includes PAFA's ties to the Calder family in the Philadelphia Inquirer, highlighting where to view their work even…

In the News
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Berry Campbell Gallery is presenting its first exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Elizabeth Osborne (b. 1936). Elizabeth Osborne | A Retrospective will feature over thirty paintings and works on paper spanning the artist’s career from 1966 to 2021. 

Osborne is a graduate of the…

Alumni News
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Philadelphia based artist Elizabeth Wilson’s first solo museum exhibition, Elizabeth Wilson: Spirit of Place comprises 30 landscape paintings that trace her life over the past two decades through travel and the pandemic isolation. Wilson's museum exhibition at SAMA marks her 15th solo show.

The…

Alumni News
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Several news organizations have helped us bid farewell to Grumman Greenhouse (2011).  PAFA has been proud to host the popular, monumental piece created by alum Jordan Griska (PAFA-Penn Coordinated BFA '08) for an extended run. Although originally intended to be up for one year, it has remained for…

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Mariel Capanna's "A Nice Gift for Friends and Relatives" on display at Adams and Ollman in Portland, Oregon

Years after graduating from PAFA and thousands of miles apart, two kindred spirits have found each other. Gallery owner Amy Adams (MFA ’01) has welcomed artist Mariel Capanna (BFA ’12, Certificate ’13) into the artist roster at Adams and Ollman in Portland, Oregon. With a shared love for their…

Alumni News
Varvàra Fern checks alignment of railroad sculpture hung on wall

A lot has changed since 2018, when a young Varvàra Fern (BFA ’22) entered the undergraduate sculpture program at PAFA and felt the culture shock from Moscow to North Broad Street in Philadelphia. “When I came to PAFA, I had so many problems I had to solve...With the student visa time here is pretty…

Perspectives
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Receiving one of the first Burning Man Honoraria awarded to a PAFA alum, Madeline Fried (Cert. ‘16) is an artist helping us confront today’s challenges by imagining the future.

Fried is a founding member of Swing Shift Studio, a Bay Area collective whose work combines activism, science, art, and…

Alumni News
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Two alumni are featured in the Woodmere Art Museum's 80th juried exhibition Nicole Michaud (Certificate '12) and Maci Kocizewski (MFA '22) through August 28, 2022. PAFA shares a deep history with the Woodmere, which features the art and artists of Philadelphia.
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In a testimony to the work of recent Low-Residency MFA students, the oldest auction house in America is showing two alum in their gallery through September 16.
Alumni News
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Congratulations are in order for alums Nicole Parker (BFA '17, Cert '18) and Martin Geiger (Cert '19) on their recent awards from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. The organization supports emerging artists from around the world who are working in a representational style and demonstrate the…

Alumni News
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PHILADELPHIA - June 30 2022 - The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to present, “Gift/Deeds: Collectors at PAFA,” an exhibition of 20th century and contemporary art gifted to PAFA’s permanent collection by six significant and influential Philadelphia art collectors. 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.