PAFA to Launch New Pop-Up Space in Chestnut Hill


PAFA to Launch New Pop-Up Space in Chestnut Hill

'PAFA Northwest' will serve as a gallery, museum shop and education space for residents and visitors to Germantown Avenue; kick-off is October 13 

PHILADELPHIA (October 3, 2016) -- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announces the launch of a new pop-up space in northwest Philadelphia that will offer unique PAFA merchandise and student artwork for sale, and host an array of lectures and hands-on workshops for adults, children and families.

The pop-up, called PAFA Northwest, opens its doors at 8512-14 Germantown Avenue on Wednesday, October 13 and will remain open through the end of the year. It will serve as a combination museum shop, art gallery, and education space for area residents, visitors, teachers, art enthusiasts and window shoppers.

"We look forward to engaging through this exciting new pop-up with the northwest Philadelphia community and beyond," says David R. Brigham, PAFA president and CEO. "We greatly appreciate the generous support of PAFA Trustee Richard Snowden, who helped make this opportunity a reality for us."

Paintings, prints, and sculpture made by PAFA's talented student artists will be for sale in the PAFA Northwest gallery, with 60 percent of the purchase price going to the students. A wide variety of products will also be available in the new shop including PAFA branded merchandise, catalogs of PAFA exhibitions, and much more. Proceeds from the pop-up will fund PAFA programs and other initiatives.

Additionally, PAFA Northwest will act as a satellite location for traveling lectures, homeschool workshops, art teacher receptions, and after-hours programs for art making and socializing.

"We're thrilled to bring a little piece of PAFA to the Avenue and contribute to its vibrant arts and cultural community", says James Gaddy, Executive Vice-President of Human Resources and Administration, who is spearheading the project. "We're also excited to introduce new audiences of museum patrons, art lovers, teachers, and potential students to PAFA's educational mission and our beautiful museum and school at 118-128 N. Broad Street."

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Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education with a world-class permanent collection of American art.

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.