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Painting student Kelly Micca likes to capture what she calls the underestimated, ordinary world. Micca’s studio space in the ninth floor gang studio at PAFA is decorated with her landscapes. Working outside with a changing environment presents challenges but it’s an experience Micca loves. She often…
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Illustration student Eustace Francis worked as a creative director and designer before realizing he wanted to pursue his fine art interests. He ended up choosing PAFA after seeing the Academy featured on PBS's "Newshour" program and visiting the museum. Now a third-year student at PAFA, Francis is…
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PAFA is proud to present "Zanele Muholi & The Women's Mobile Museum," one of four exhibitions of a year-long artist residency connecting acclaimed South African photographer Zanele Muholi and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) with ten Philadelphia women. The exhibition, which also features…
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Visual artist and PAFA alumna Njideka Akunyili Crosby returned to campus on November 9, 2018, as part of the Visiting Artist Program organized by students of the School of Fine Arts. The Visiting Artists Program is a student-run venture that brings an outstanding roster of local, national and…
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PAFA is pleased to announce a $1 million gift from Nancy Winkler and Jay Bryan to name the Anne Bryan Gallery, set to open in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building in early 2019. The Anne Bryan Gallery will allow PAFA students to acquire creative and professional skills in creating exhibitions through…
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While visiting her brother at the University of Pennsylvania, first-year MFA student Bhoomi Patel started looking for a graduate program so she could continue her at practice. Hailing from Ahmedabad, India, Patel said PAFA offered a flexibility that she didn’t have while completing her undergraduate…
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Artwork from PAFA’s permanent collection is not only on view at the museum in Philadelphia but in exhibitions across the country and globe. Each year dozens of works are lent to museums that want to highlight American art. This fall, some of PAFA’s most important pieces are traveling to Germany for…
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Second-year MFA student Mike Kondel had been helping artists make work as a master printer, but it wasn't until an encounter with MFA chair Didier William that he realized he was ready for a change in his own life. Coming to the MFA program, Kondel made a conscious decision to step away from…
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Nzinga Simmons and T.K. Smith are recipients of the Tina Dunkley Fellowship in American Art, a 2-year fellowship providing hands-on training in curatorial practice and museum professions for individuals from historically underrepresented groups who have expressed an interest in American Art. Here at…
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While studying at PAFA, Lindsay Rapp devoted herself to learning traditional techniques and fine art but found herself quietly drawing mermaids during class. Thanks to the encouragement of professor Steve Nocella, Rapp was empowered to pursue the mermaid drawings and believe in herself. Now with…
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At Hahnemann University Hospital, PAFA students draw cadavers that have been donated, giving them an opportunity to learn and practice their skills. PAFA professor Anthony Ciambella said students incorporate the experience into their work in many different ways.
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As Roman Catholic High School embarks on a new era of fine arts with the opening of the Howard Center for the Arts, they are reflecting on and celebrating the 25th anniversary of Roman’s partnership with PAFA through the After School Studio Arts Program for high school students.

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.