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Andrew Snow (MFA '20) in his studio
Second-year MFA student Andrew Snow is turning memories tossed aside by others into art. Discarded Philadelphia Parking Authority tickets become self-portraits for Snow: “It’s playing off of memory and kind of the ghost of a memory.”
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Elizabeth Colomba, "Riding Places" (2019)
PAFA singled out for its leadership in collecting artwork by women by a new survey of 26 major American art institutions from In Other Words / Artnet News.
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Professor Renee Foulks talks with students
“All of art history is here for us. It’s this huge banquet of guilty pleasures, and you can take from Tarbell, you can take from Eakins, you can take from everybody,” said PAFA drawing chair Renee Foulks.
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Jesse Castor (BFA '22) in the stone library
Printmaking major Jesse Castor (BFA '22) uses her art practice to center herself. The manual work required for printmaking allows Castor to be grounded in her work.
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installation view of AHDF
Artists look to the past, think about historical points of reference and reframe them for the contemporary moment.
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Jonathan Lyndon Chase / Image: Angal Field (GQ)

Philadelphia-based Jonathan Lyndon Chase is giving black men back to themselves with his sought-after, still-evolving work.

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Landscape Evening, by Paul Weber Pennsylvania Academy purchase, by subscription
With works dating back to the 1790’s, time was not on the side of conservator Mary McGinn when she began preparing for PAFA’s current exhibition, From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic.
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Marie Watts "Skywalker/Skyscraper (Allegory)," (2012)

Building on its efforts in recent years to expand its acquisition of works by women and artists of color, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has announced that it has recently acquired 13 artworks, more than half by women.

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Maria Berrio, "The Oracles' Silence" (2019). Collage with handmade Japanese papers, magazine papers, Jade glue and charcoal on canvas, with matt medium, 60 x 48 inches.
PAFA is pleased to announce the addition of 13 historic, modern, and contemporary works to its permanent collection of American art. These new acquisitions include works of painting, collage, reclaimed material, and works on paper, created between 1905 and 2019. In keeping with PAFA's longtime…
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PAFA is pleased to announce the election of Susan Kline Klehr to its Board of Trustees. A valued supporter of PAFA's community and initiatives, Klehr also serves on the Board of Trustees of Franklin & Marshall College and the Einstein Healthcare Network, among others.
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Daddy Likee?, Kukuli Velarde, 2018
Eye Contact, on view through September 15th in the Salon Gallery, is an exportation of contemporary figure paintings and takes on the concept of the gaze.
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Claudia Valenti (MFA '20) in her studio
For the two years, Claudia Valenti (MFA ’20) is studying at PAFA for her MFA, she is making the most of her time. “I was working in a grocery store before this so when I got here so I wanted to take advantage of everything here.”
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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.