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PAFA is committed to preserving and maintaining the health and safety of all members of its community. We do recognize that this is a challenging time for our community, the nation, and the world as we respond to COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding it.

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A.D. Amorosi recaps our March 11 event with PAFA curators Jodi Throckmorton and Dr. Brittany Webb, which previewed our upcoming exhibition, "Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale".
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The PAFA administration is closely monitoring the global and local situation with regard to the 2019 coronavirus disease, COVID-19, including advisories from the WHO, CDC, and local authorities.

PAFA’s first priority is the safety of its community—including students, faculty, and staff—as well as…

Installation view of "Awakened in You"

Reporter Thomas Hine looks at two current PAFA exhibitions, "Awakened in You" and  Making Community, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, calling the shows "intimate" and "communal".

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FOX 29's Alex Holley explains the significance of Dr. Clayton's amazing collection, now on view.
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Youth Council member Sophia Becker guides journalists through the Helen Frankenthaler show
KYW Newsradio spoke with Youth Council member Sophia Becker about her experience of being part of the curatorial team behind At One Stroke: Prints by Helen Frankenthaler.
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The Broad Street Review examines the legacy of Helen Frankenthaler as seen through the lens of the current exhibition, At One Stroke: Prints by Helen Frankenthaler, now on view in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
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installation view of "awakened in you"

Take a look behind the scenes of the exhibition, "Awakened in You" with reporter Stephan Salisbury. The exhibition features works from the gift of Dr. Constance E. Clayton and "has the aura of a family meal around the dinner table," Salisbury writes.

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Dr. Constance E. Clayton is photographed with her mother, Williabell Clayton, in whose honor 78 artworks were donated to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
WHYY's Peter Crimmins takes a look at PAFA's upcoming exhibition, "Awakened In You": The Collection of Dr. Constance E. Clayton.
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John Ditunno, 87, a spinal cord injury rehabilitation doctor who retired in August from his work at Jefferson Health, talks about his artwork during his sculpting class at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. | Image: Heather Khalifa for the Philadelphia Inquirer
John Ditunno, a doctor at Thomas Jefferson University, discovered his love of sculpture on a trip to Italy about 24 years ago. Though he recently retired after 50 years of teaching, he hasn't stopped sculpting. Alongside 3 other doctors, he spends many of his Saturday mornings in a Continuing…
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The Philadelphia Inquirer highlights PAFA's spring exhibitions, Making Community, At One Stroke, "Awakened in You", and Invisible City—for its roundup of Spring 2020 programming.
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Brodsky Center Director Paola Morsiani guides visitors through a print portfolio
PAFA's Brodsky Center is pleased to announce the participants in its upcoming traveling seminar on contemporary prints for early- to mid-career curators. The seminar is made possible by a grant from the Getty Foundation and will take place April 5–10 across multiple venues in Philadelphia and New…
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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.