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“We are poets in clay. We capture something that has its own identity. My philosophy was poetry, it was excellence, and it was that the truth comes from nature.”
The way Emily Diehl and Peter Haarz see it, being a printmaker is part of an artistic lineage rooted in their time at PAFA with lithography teacher Ron Wyffels.
Lowry Burgess contributes to the history of PAFA alumni who have had a profound effect on the art world not only through their artistic works, but also because of their ideas about art.
“I was looking for a program focused on classical training in an atmosphere conducive to very deep levels of uninterrupted focus.”
“My time at PAFA helped me find my creative center and give me confidence, so that as I sometimes radically change my approaches to art making and even my definitions of art, something stays consistent in me.”
In the years since his graduation from PAFA, Ben Volta has used his art education to enrich the lives of his students and their neighborhoods.
Mia Rosenthal had her sights set on being a painter when she enrolled in PAFA’s graduate program. Soon after her arrival, however, she found herself “making things that weren’t paintings.”
Raymond Saunders’ influence on American art since his graduation from PAFA has been profound. While his work as an artist is at the forefront, Saunders also changed perceptions within the art world with his words.
Currently teaching at the College of New Jersey, Mauro Zamora finds his continued relationship with PAFA helpful in maintaining a dialogue about artistic practice.
Clarity Haynes knew from the age of 16 that she wanted to be an artist, and a mentor demonstrated to her the importance of working on one’s craft constantly. This philosophy is also what drew her to PAFA.
Bo Bartlett and his fellow PAFA realists saw themselves as “renegades fighting against the hegemony” of the abstraction-obsessed 1970s.

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.