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PAFA is pleased to announce the initiation of a new grant program for incoming undergraduate and graduate students from the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Press Release
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PAFA announces the revised schedule for its 119th Annual Student Exhibition, and commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2020.
Press Release
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In the scramble to find personal protective equipment (PPE), museums and art schools have stepped in to help local hospitals, all of whom say they are running short. Discover how PAFA, along with other local institutions, are participating in the efforts to fight the coronavirus.
In the News
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PAFA’s doors may be closed temporarily to the public, but art doesn’t stop, and neither do we. There are still many ways that you can engage with our vibrant community.
Dr. Constance Clayton and her mother, Williabell Clayton
Karen Chernick takes a closer look at the mother-daughter duo of Dr. Constance E. and Williabell Clayton, whose personal collection of art is on view in our exhibition, "Awakened in You".
In the News
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Philadelphia's Association for Public Art has compiled a list of online arts resources from local cultural organizations—including PAFA's own permanent collection, which is available online. This resource connects art lovers of all kinds to thousands of artworks from these organizations.

In the News
Maria Berrios
Claire Voon examines the efforts of museums—which includes PAFA—to expand their holdings of women artists.
In the News
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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.
In the News
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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.

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.