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Kemuel Benyehudah weighs in about the importance of the work and activism of Black curators in collecting institutions, and spoke with curator Dr. Brittany Webb on her efforts at PAFA and beyond.
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In response to the growing public health threat posed by COVID-19, and out of a shared responsibility to take all measures necessary to limit its spread, the PAFA Museum will temporarily close to the public beginning Saturday, March 14, until further notice.
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Please be advised that all PAFA-sponsored travel has been suspended until further notice. This post contains information regarding policies on non-essential visits to PAFA, travel guidelines, and more.
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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, PAFA will suspend most public events through at least April 3. This post includes a list of initial cancellations, as well as information on ticket refunds, and where to direct inquiries.
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PAFA CEO & President Dr. David R. Brigham shares details on our response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including new precautionary measures and plans to protect our community’s collective health and wellbeing. The health and safety of the PAFA community is our highest priority.
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PAFA is a member of the Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association (PAISBOA) Health Benefit Trust. Through our PAISBOA membership, faculty and staff PAFA health plan participants may receive needed testing and treatment for the coronavirus.
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PAFA is committed to preserving and maintaining the health and safety of all members of its community. We do recognize that this is a challenging time for our community, the nation, and the world as we respond to COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding it.

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A.D. Amorosi recaps our March 11 event with PAFA curators Jodi Throckmorton and Dr. Brittany Webb, which previewed our upcoming exhibition, "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale".
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The PAFA administration is closely monitoring the global and local situation with regard to the 2019 coronavirus disease, COVID-19, including advisories from the WHO, CDC, and local authorities.

PAFA’s first priority is the safety of its community—including students, faculty, and staff—as well as…

Installation view of "Awakened in You"

Reporter Thomas Hine looks at two current PAFA exhibitions, "Awakened in You" and  Making Community, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, calling the shows "intimate" and "communal".

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FOX 29's Alex Holley explains the significance of Dr. Clayton's amazing collection, now on view.
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Youth Council member Sophia Becker guides journalists through the Helen Frankenthaler show
KYW Newsradio spoke with Youth Council member Sophia Becker about her experience of being part of the curatorial team behind At One Stroke: Prints by Helen Frankenthaler.
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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.