Press Releases

August 21, 2019

"Ancient History of the Distant Future" Opens at PAFA September 26th

PAFA pleased to announce the opening of "Ancient History of the Distant Future," an exhibition in collaboration with international arts organization KADIST, featuring work by contemporary artists installed in spaces throughout PAFA's 19th century Historic Landmark Building. "Ancient History of the Distant Future" will be on view at PAFA in the Historic Landmark Building on North Broad Street, from September 26, 2019, through February 2, 2020.

July 25, 2019

Getty Foundation Awards Grant to PAFA for Traveling Seminar on Contemporary Prints for New Curators

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has received a $134,000 grant from the Getty Foundation to offer a traveling seminar on contemporary prints for early-career curators, organized by the Brodsky Center, and to be held in April 2020. This initiative’s primary focus is on training and professional development for early- to mid-career curators of prints and drawings.

July 11, 2019

PAFA Announces New Board Members

PAFA is pleased to announce the election of five new members to its Board of Trustees: Valentine James "Jim" Link, Jr., Kenneth Mitchell, Sandra "Sandy" Norcross, Joel Koppelman, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Cert. '06).

May 17, 2019

PAFA Receives $1M Gift for Tuition Scholarships

A new $1 million gift from The Maguire Foundation, longtime supporters of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), will allow 12 students to attend PAFA free of tuition. The Foundation initially established the James J. & Frances M. Maguire Scholarship for Artistic Excellence scholarship in 2015; the new gift extends support for the program for an additional three years.

May 15, 2019

Contemporary Works On View This Summer at PAFA

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has several new acquisitions and contemporary works from the permanent collection on view this summer in the Historic Landmark Building. Artists featured in PAFA's summer curatorial programming include Barkley L. Hendricks, Wangechi Mutu, Jeffrey Stockbridge, Chitra Ganesh, and Bill Viola.

May 9, 2019

PAFA Announces New Faculty Member in Digital and Time-Based Media

PAFA has appointed Amy Lee Ketchum faculty and Chair of Digital and Time-based Media. Following a national search, Ketchum will lead the development of this new area of study at the school, as well as develop PAFA's current digital media offerings. Ketchum begins her new role on August 1, 2019.

April 16, 2019

PAFA’s Youth Council Presents "Multitudes: Walt Whitman at 200"

PAFA is pleased to present "Multitudes: Walt Whitman at 200" (May 3–September 1, 2019), an exhibition curated by PAFA's Youth Council program. To celebrate the poet Walt Whitman’s 200-year legacy, this exhibition will juxtapose figurative works of Whitman with a medley of historic, modern, and contemporary works from PAFA’s permanent collection. The exhibition is part of the city-wide initiative to mark the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth.

April 9, 2019

PAFA’s 118th Annual Student Exhibition Opens May 10; 214th Commencement Exercises to Precede the Event

PAFA is pleased to announce its 118th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE), May 10–June 2, 2019, in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. The exhibition opens to the public with a reception on May 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Preceding the ASE will be the school's 214th Commencement on May 10 at 3 p.m. in the Historic Landmark Building. This year, artist Chitra Ganesh will be the Commencement speaker; Jody Pinto '68 will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Astrid Bowlby '96 is the recipient of the Alumni Service Award.

March 20, 2019

Two PAFA Students Accepted Into Tamarind Institute’s Prestigious Printer Training Program

PAFA students Justine Ditto '17 and Alyssa Ebinger '18 have been accepted into the prestigious lithography program at the Tamarind Institute in New Mexico. Each year, eight students are accepted into the program; this year, two of the eight selected are from PAFA. Tamarind’s Printer Training Program offers the only formal educational program in the world for professional fine art collaborative printers.

March 14, 2019

Sam Gilliam, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Charles White Included in Gift of 78 Works to PAFA From Dr. Constance E. Clayton

PAFA is proud to announce the acquisition of nearly 80 artworks from the collection of the prominent American educator, civic leader, and arts advocate, Dr. Constance E. Clayton. The collection, which spans the late 19th to the late 20th centuries, contains works primarily by African American artists, many with ties to PAFA, including notable alumni Henry O. Tanner, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Laura Wheeler Waring.

February 28, 2019

PAFA Announces 2019 Fine Arts Venture Fund Recipients

PAFA is pleased to announce that 12 recipients have received funding for their work through the Fine Arts Venture Fund (FAVF). The fund was established in 2014 to support students' artistic goals and encourage their developing professional practices. This year, the FAVF awarded over $24,000 to 12 applicants. The 2019 awardees include painters, sculptors, and installation artists at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

February 5, 2019

PAFA Presents the Exhibition "Intimate Immensity"

PAFA is pleased to announce the opening of "Intimate Immensity," on view February 15–April 7, 2019, in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. Curated by PAFA faculty member Alexis Granwell, "Intimate Immensity" pairs contemporary sculptors with selections from the Brodsky Center and rarely-shown works from the Museum's permanent collection. The exhibition will feature works by El Anatsui, Lynda Benglis, Chakaia Booker, Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Alexis Granwell, Fabienne Lasserre, Brie Ruais, Michelle Segre, Joan Snyder, and Sun You.

January 30, 2019

Marguerite Lenfest to Be Honored at PAFA's Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to announce that Philadelphia philanthropist and longtime PAFA supporter Marguerite Lenfest will be the honoree at the 118th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) Preview Party. Marguerite and her late husband, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, have been long-standing leaders within the PAFA community. Marguerite currently serves as honorary chair of the "PAFA First" campaign to expand and modernize our campus, facilities, and programs.

January 3, 2019

More Than 500 Artworks Added to PAFA's Permanent Collection in 2018

In 2018 PAFA added over 500 historic, modern and contemporary works to its permanent collection of American art. The newest acquisitions and gifts—many of them by women, artists of color, and artists not frequently seen in museums—include works by painter Joan Brown, a mixed media installation by PAFA graduate Aaron Fowler (BFA '12), 38 prints, drawings and paintings from the estate of Evelyn Statsinger, and the purchase of four digital prints from Philadelphia artist Jeffrey Stockbridge, among many others. Growing and diversifying its permanent collection through gifts and purchases is a key focus of PAFA's mission. The purchases are made through collections endowments and dedicated collections funds, as well as gifts from PAFA patrons.

December 11, 2018

PAFA Presents the Untold Story of Philadelphia’s Leadership Role in the Story of American Landscape Painting

PAFA is pleased to present "From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic," on view June 28 through December 29, 2019. Philadelphia's key role in the growth of American landscape painting has never been the subject of a major museum exhibition before. Delving into the important and underexplored tradition of landscape painting in Philadelphia, this exhibition shows how that tradition shaped the better-known New York's Hudson River School.

December 10, 2018

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Awards Gifts and Funding to PAFA

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has selected the PAFA to receive ten Frankenthaler prints, up to ten proofs by the artist and a $25,000 grant to exhibit and study the works over three years. The gifts—spanning etching, lithography, monotype or monoprint, and more—will reflect the variety of media Frankenthaler used in her work. Helen Frankenthaler, whose career spanned six decades, has long been recognized as one of the great American artists of the twentieth century, widely credited for her pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field Painting.

November 20, 2018

PAFA Partners With Philadelphia Photo Arts Center To Exhibit the Women's Mobile Museum With Zanele Muholi

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 new works created in Philadelphia by Muholi and South African teaching artist Lindeka Qampi, challenges the social and economic barriers of the art world while supporting emerging artists and reaching new audiences.

November 13, 2018

PAFA Receives $1 Million Gift to Name New Anne Bryan Gallery

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 new coursework and programming opportunities.