The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announced that on the heels of a nationwide search for its next President & CEO, it has paused the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum position to reimagine its work post-pandemic.
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PAFA's Buildings at Night
In honor of National Hospital Week, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Franklin Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art jointly announce Free Admission Days for Hospital…
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After a year of remote and hybrid learning, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host the 216th Commencement ceremonies on-site May 14. PAFA will recognize 70 graduating students, including 5 Certificate program graduates; 42 Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates; 1 Post-Baccalaureate…

ASE 2021 and 1913
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents its 120th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE), May 14 through June 6 at 128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, in the Historic Landmark Building and the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. On May 13, PAFA will host the school's Commencement ceremonies…
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The social and racial unrest that erupted across the nation in 2020 has been a wake-up call. We still mourn the loss of Black and Brown lives due to police violence and the racial attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community that has escalated since the beginning of the COVID…


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is excited to celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18th. Global Philadelphia Association is partnering with twenty-one historic sites and museums to present "Reopen House Day" and encourage in-person and virtual exploration of…

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PAFA announces the latest acquisitions of a wide range of artworks to its renowned American art collection. Ranging in date from 1869 to 2020, the museum acquired 168 works of art through purchase and gift.
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NPR's Susan Stamberg recently sat down with PAFA Museum Director Brooke Davis Anderson and "Taking Space" exhibition curators Jodi Throckmorton and Dr. Brittany Webb to discuss the ways women are taking up space in our galleries and more. Our curators discuss the work of Elizabeth Colomba, Judy…
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PAFA is the recipient of a $40,000 Grant for Arts Project award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This grant will support the museum’s upcoming exhibition "Joan Semmel: Skin in the Game," opening October 28, 2021 and remain on view through April 3, 2022.
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Awakened in You installation view
Visit Philly's 2021 guide to celebrating Black History Month includes a wide array of ways to engage and connect, and highlights PAFA's current exhibition, "'Awakened in You': The Collection of Dr. Constance E. Clayton".
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Taking Space installation view
"The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has reopened in a big way, with big art on big walls that take your breath away with their sheer size," reports WHYY's Peter Crimmins of Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale.
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This past fall, PAFA’s Pre-College program introduced liberal arts classes, offering high school students the opportunity to explore, analyze and interpret big questions in college-style seminars.

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.