Perspectives: Stories from PAFA

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The art of illustration is woven into the DNA of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The Illustration program was officially introduced at PAFA in the fall of 2015 but there is a long-standing tradition of illustration at the academy. Fine Arts Dean Clint Jukkala sat down with Jessica Abel, the Chair of PAFA’s Illustration Program, and Frank Genuardi, an illustration student, to talk about Fine Arts training, illustrating in a digital age, and preparing for life after graduation.

For Kristy Munday (Cert '18), the ASE is a culmination of more than a semester's worth of work and multiple mediums coming together. She attributes this convergence to the lessons she's learned as a PAFA student.

Brice Hunt's interest in traditional illustration and desire for a school that felt like home is what attracted her to PAFA.

Daniel Flinchbaugh has a passion for the unexpected. He's always on the lookout for his next adventure and is excited to try new things in life and his artwork.

Learn more about the unique friendship between PAFA graduates Jerome Michael McLaughlin (MFA '16) and Read Lockhart (MFA '14).

For the past twenty-plus years, Mike Schley’s work has been digital and small. His impact working in fantasy and science fiction publishing is large but he often found himself working on a tablet, translating the worlds that came alive in his mind to a computer screen.

BFA Student Dara Haskins talks about her experience creating and exhibiting politically-charged artwork.

Carefully restored, cared for and added to, the cast collection at PAFA is one of the few great collections in the United States. The objects in the collection are superior in craftsmanship, often being first castings from the original sculptures, and are now very rare.

Passersby outside the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building are seeing PAFA in a whole new way: through the windows of the new Broad Street Studio, a permanent space dedicated to demonstrating the creative process that happens every day in studios and classrooms.

The oldest art museum and art school in the United States, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is dedicated to training fine artists from around the world and collecting, exhibiting, and researching the history of American art. If we were to borrow one work of art from the vast treasures housed in British museums, what might we choose?

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