Dr. Sarah Beetham
Dr. Sarah Beetham has been named Chair of the Liberal Arts Department in the School of Fine Arts at PAFA. Since 2015, Dr. Beetham has served on the faculty and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History.
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Louis B. Sloan, "Untitled [Field landscape with narrow sky]"
Art Critical takes a closer look at our exhibition, "'Awakened In You': The Collection of Dr. Constance E. Clayton," which features works representing over one hundred years of accomplishment by African American artists.
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ashley garner poses with one of her soft sculptures
PAFA MFA candidate Ashley Garner '20 will expand her artistic practice at MassMOCA's highly competitive emerging artist residency program. Garner was drawn to the residency because of the similarities to PAFA's interdisciplinary and communal MFA program.
students at work in cast hall
This FAQ addresses frequently asked questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and PAFA's response for our student community.
behind the scenes look at the making of JLC's print with the brodsky

The curatorial team at Artsy has rounded up their favorite prints, and for every purchase, Artsy will donate to the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Among the picks are editions from Jonathan Lyndon Chase '13 and Elizabeth Catlett from the Brodsky Center at PAFA.


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Students in the West lobby
PAFA is pleased to announce the initiation of a new grant program for incoming undergraduate and graduate students from the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
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claire huber, spring awakening
PAFA announces the revised schedule for its 119th Annual Student Exhibition, and commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2020.
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Image: Elizabeth Robertson / Philadelphia Inquirer
In the scramble to find personal protective equipment (PPE), museums and art schools have stepped in to help local hospitals, all of whom say they are running short. Discover how PAFA, along with other local institutions, are participating in the efforts to fight the coronavirus.
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exterior view of HLB and SMVH
PAFA’s doors may be closed temporarily to the public, but art doesn’t stop, and neither do we. There are still many ways that you can engage with our vibrant community.
Dr. Constance Clayton and her mother, Williabell Clayton
Karen Chernick takes a closer look at the mother-daughter duo of Dr. Constance E. and Williabell Clayton, whose personal collection of art is on view in our exhibition, "Awakened in You".
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PAFA online collection screenshot

Philadelphia's Association for Public Art has compiled a list of online arts resources from local cultural organizations—including PAFA's own permanent collection, which is available online. This resource connects art lovers of all kinds to thousands of artworks from these organizations.

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Maria Berrios
Claire Voon examines the efforts of museums—which includes PAFA—to expand their holdings of women artists.
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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, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.