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Only Tony installation view
WHYY's Tonya Pendleton previews the reopening of PAFA's museum and its current exhibition lineup.
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PHILADELPHIA (January 21, 2020) -- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announces the Museum reopening on January 21, 2020 and an updated exhibition schedule and Museum hours of operation for Winter/Spring 2021. For the second time, PAFA was closed to the public in mid-November in…

Taking Space installation view
Constance McBride rounds up the latest arts and culture events for Chadds Ford Live, highlighting PAFA's "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" exhibition.
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PAFA's Museum reopening and new exhibitions were highlighted over at uwishunu.com for its January guide to what's happening around Philadelphia.
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Elizabeth Warshawer has been appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of PAFA by the Board of Trustees. Warshawer brings over 30 years experience leading and managing academic, non-profit, and corporate organizations. She begins her role at PAFA on January 4, 2021 as the institution…
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The William Penn and Mellon Foundations have awarded PAFA $400,000 in funding to support area arts organizations during the pandemic.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Peter Dobrin reports:

The arts-funding package going to 37 groups is the most recent assembled by William Penn since March, when…

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In accordance with restrictions announced Monday, November 16, by Philadelphia government and health officials, PAFA, along with other citywide art museums and colleges, will temporarily close for in-person activities, in support of broad-based efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
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PAFA is pleased to announce Animation as the newest undergraduate program at the College of the Fine Arts under the leadership of department chair Amy Lee Ketchum. PAFA's Animation curriculum builds on PAFA’s strong tradition of narrative storytelling and experimental approaches to moving imagery.
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PAFA is pleased to announce that Dr. Brittany Webb has been named Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth Century Art. A member of the PAFA community since 2018, Dr. Webb is the Curator of the John Rhoden Collection. With her new curatorial appointment, Dr. Webb becomes the inaugural Evelyn and…
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bacchanal live auction
PAFA is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala & Auction will be held virtually on November 14, 2020. The institution’s largest annual fundraiser and the Philadelphia region’s premier wine event, Bacchanal raises $500,000 every year for student scholarships at PAFA.
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Kevin F. Donohoe, Chair of PAFA's Board of Trustees, addresses the PAFA community regarding the departure of President & CEO Dr. David R. Brigham.
Historical Landmark Building interior, mezzanine | Image: Barbara Katus
PAFA and the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) are the recipients of two grants of $480K from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. These awards will support an upcoming, transformative, multi-site contemporary art collaboration between the two organizations and additional partners at…
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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.