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"PAFA challenged me about was it meant to be a professional artist. PAFA gave me another level. PAFA gave me a professionalism that I didn’t have. It made me want to be competitive. It taught me that when I go to MOMA, when I go to the Whitney, I have to think about how to put my work here. I have…
When Abigail Gray Swartz’s illustration of a reimagined Rosie the Riveter graced the cover of The New Yorker in 2017, friends and family kept saying she had won the artist lottery.
America, I Cant' Breathe by Dara Haskins, 2017
BFA Student Dara Haskins talks about her experience making and exhibiting politically-charged artwork.
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"I am at an advantage for applying to jobs, internships, and graduate programs in scientific illustration because not only can I draw—but I can understand the science of what I’m drawing."
"Cultural norms in Iran made it difficult to organize or participate in figure drawing clubs. I decided to join a program that gave me this possibility."
Work by PAFA’s accomplished alumni can be found everywhere. You might even have creations by one alumna in your pocket right now.
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Jason Loebs creates work that is decidedly non-traditional, yet it was PAFA’s commitment to observational art-making that drew him to the school.
Kate Kaman came to PAFA with a passion for figurative painting. Early on, she started making stretcher bars out of found railroad ties, and a sculptor was born.

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.