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PAFA is pleased to present "Multitudes: Walt Whitman at 200" (May 3–September 1, 2019), an exhibition curated by PAFA's Youth Council program. To celebrate the poet Walt Whitman’s 200-year legacy, this exhibition will juxtapose figurative works of Whitman with a medley of historic, modern, and…
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The late Estelle Barenbaum Rubens has given nearly $8 million to PAFA school officials have announced. The bequest gift will support student scholarships and tuition for PAFA students. Rubens passed away at the age of 88 and spent almost 15 years guiding museum tours at PAFA as a docent.
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PAFA is pleased to announce its 118th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE), May 10–June 2, 2019, in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. The exhibition opens to the public with a reception on May 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Preceding the ASE will be the school's 214th Commencement on May 10 at 3 p.m. in the…
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PAFA is full of artists. From our accomplished faculty to students who are poised to be the next generation of great American artists, it’s hard to not bump into someone on campus with an art background. "Insider Art," on view in the Tuttleman Gallery, showcases the artwork of staff members who work…
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On view this summer at PAFA, "From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic" is as much an exploration of how Philadelphia influenced the Hudson River School painters as it is a celebration of Philadelphia’s roots as a modern city and its place on the world stage in…
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After more than 20 years at companies such as Gap and AT&T, Sally Richards '20 decided to focus on her art. She began by taking classes in the Continuing Education program, subsequently enrolling in PAFA's Certificate program to expand and refine her skills. That desire to zero in and focus has…
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Charles Mason III '19 is about to graduate with his MFA. His art has always centered on race, but the way he expresses that has changed over the course of his two years at PAFA. As other students prepare for the ASE, Mason has chosen to exhibit his thesis at a local art gallery.
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Studying art was a dream Rebecca Segall '20 knew she would get to someday, but wasn’t sure how, or when it would happen. Life took her on a different path as she raised her family and started a business. She eventually took a few classes at the Main Line Arts Center, but it was a chance meeting with…
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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announced the addition of 130 historic, modern, and contemporary works to its permanent collection. Acquisition highlights feature works by an array of historical and contemporary artists, including George Hitchcock, William J. Glackens, Wangechi Mutu…
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The practice of printmaking has Jonathan Lyndon Chase (MFA ’16) thinking about his work in new and different ways. But an opportunity from the Brodsky Center at PAFA gave Chase the chance to tread new ground. As the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Brodsky Center at PAFA, he has had the…
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PAFA students Justine Ditto '17 and Alyssa Ebinger '18 have been accepted into the prestigious lithography program at the Tamarind Institute in New Mexico. Each year, eight students are accepted into the program; this year, two of the eight selected are from PAFA. Tamarind’s Printer Training Program…
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PAFA is pleased to announce the election of Jonathan Hirsch to its Board of Trustees. Hirsch is co-founder and partner of IG Wines Ltd, and will serve as the co-chair of Bacchanal in 2019.
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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.