Taylor Freeman (BFA '22) in Lenfest Plaza
Sculpture student Taylor Freeman is looking to his PAFA professors for guidance as he embarks on a career as an artist. “I really like Steve Nocella, he is my favorite teacher. He’s taught me a lot about welding and plaster sculpture and bronze pours. I want to learn all of that stuff and soak it up…
The painting "Skaters" by Gari Melchers (top right) at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a near twin to one looted by Nazis and recently recovered by the FBI at an upstate New York museum. / Image: Heather Khalifa (Philadelphia Inquirer)
When the federal government recently announced that a painting stolen by the Nazis in 1933 from the family of a Berlin publishing tycoon had been recovered from the Arkell Museum in upstate New York, Anna Marley, curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, did a double-take. The painting…
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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.”
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.
Jesse Castor (BFA '22) in the stone library
Printmaking major Jesse Castor uses her art practice to center herself. The manual work required for printmaking allows Castor to be grounded in her work.
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.
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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Credit: Fairmount Park Conservancy; Sarah McEneaney stands in tall grasses at Reading Viaduct Project
Sarah McEneaney counts Martie Zelt, Jimmy Lueders, Elizabeth Osborne and Sidney Goodman as some of the PAFA faculty who had a great impact on her artistic development.
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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.