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Anna Bogatin Ott standing in front of a painting hung on the wall.
Anna Bogatin Ott shares her journey and inspiration, reflecting on her painting "Everglades," influenced by her visit to Everglades National Park after emigrating from the Soviet Union. Her work, now in PAFA's permanent collection, marks her transition from drawing to painting. Bogatin Ott…
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Maggie Bosco (MFA 2023), Arch on Broad, 2023, 48 x 60 in., oil on linen, photographed by Adrian Cubillas.

PHILADELPHIA – May 3, 2024 - The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) opens its 123rd Annual Student Exhibition (ASE), a capstone exhibition celebration of the Academy’s student artists. A unique chance to view and purchase works by the art world’s emerging talents, ASE opens with the Previe

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an adult helping a kid at a arts and crafts table during the Spring Festival

PHILADELPHIA – April 17, 2024 – The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) holds its annual free Spring Family Festival, celebrating art and community, Sunday, April 28, 1:00-3:00 pm in Lenfest Plaza, 118-128 N. Broad Street. A raffle to win a free week of Summer Art Camp will be held during…

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Oil on canvas painting with spot glitter and mirror marker depicting two guinea fowl in a blue and yellow circle, with a purple rhombus shape in the background.

Featured image: Barbara Sosson, GUINEA FOWL, 2023, oil on canvas with spot glitter & mirror marker, 48 x 36 inches. © Copyright, Barbara Sosson, Philadelphia, PA USA.


PAFA is deeply intertwined with the life stories of numerous artists, including Barbara Sosson, the president and treasurer of the…

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Installation view of Artists as Cultivators looking through a doorway to the Washington Foyer and another doorway

River Towns Magazine | Spring 2024
"Birthplace of the American Art Museum" By Patti Zielinski

"The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, holds a dual distinction as America’s first art school and first museum of fine arts. Inside the museum, visitors will find a world-class…

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Reconstructed print of "The Kaohsuing Series" depicting a person holding a mirror and seeing their reflection

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) remains steadfast in its commitment to honoring women artists year-round, engaging in partnerships, curating collections, organizing exhibitions, and developing programming that celebrates women in the arts. We actively educate, collaborate with, and…

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Installation view of sculptures by John Rhoden

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) enters the final 10 days of Determined to Be: The Sculpture of John Rhoden, the first major retrospective celebrating the legacy of Rhoden, a visionary sculptor whose work continues to inspire generations. The exhibition’s final day is Sunday, April 7…

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PHILADELPHIA – March 22, 2024 - The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has launched a new digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app created by Bloomberg Philanthropies. PAFA is the first cultural organization in Philadelphia, and one of hundreds around the world…

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Color photograph of John Rhoden posing by a public art sculpture in front of the entrance to the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

"You might not know much about John Rhoden’s Nesaika, but you have walked past it every time you have passed Seventh and Arch Streets. The 9-footbronze sculpture, which stands outside the African American Museum in Philadelphia, was dedicated on June 10, 1976, by Mayor Frank L. Rizzo.

Eight days…

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View of a wooden sculpture on display in an art gallery with a person in the background.

Némesis Mora attended the John Rhoden Catalogue Launch and Symposium and wrote an article for ¡Presente! Media:

"In a remodeled four-story building at 23 Cranberry Street in Brooklyn, New York, 20th-century African-American sculptor John Rhoden lived with his wife, Richanda Rhoden, from the 1960s…

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Renowned for its training in the arts, PAFA, which had been open to enrollment for Black artists since the mid-19th century, became the preferred institution for Theodore E. Wells (1922-1998) to realize his artistic aspirations, made possible by funding from the GI Bill.
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Jennifer Bartlett, (1941-2022) Shadow, 1984 Etching, soft-ground, aquatint, spit bite, and drypoint (7 plates) on Fabriano Tiepolo paper each sheet: 30 x 22 1/4 in. (76.2 x 56.515 cm.) (4 sheets) John S. Phillips Fund and the Collector's Circle, 1989.15

PHILADELPHIA – February 13, 2024 - The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has opened the exhibition, Artists as Cultivators, an examination of how artists have fostered critical social dialogues over three centuries through their use of nature as a subject, theme, and material. The…

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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, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.