Press Releases

August 15, 2018

PAFA Congratulates Martin Puryear for Being Chosen to Represent the United States in 2019 in Venice

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) congratulates artist Martin Puryear (b. 1941) for being chosen to represent the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale. PAFA currently has 25 works by the 77-year old African American artist and sculptor in its permanent collection, including 23 recent acquisitions from its recent partnership with Paulson Fontaine Press.

July 12, 2018

PAFA Welcomes Four New Members to its Board of Trustees

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to announce four new members to its Board of Trustees. PAFA Board Chair Kevin F. Donohoe said, “We are thrilled to welcome these four exceptional individuals to the board. Their expertise, energy and service to the community are well suited to PAFA’s mission of promoting the transformative power of art and art making.”

June 28, 2018

PAFA Announces Partnership With Paulson Fontaine Press Making It the East Coast Repository for Editions by African American Artists

During its most recent Collections Committee meeting, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announced a relationship with the Paulson Fontaine Press to be the only East Coast repository for all of its prints by African American artists. The museum also added nearly 40 historic, modern and contemporary works to its permanent collection of American art at the quarterly meeting.

June 12, 2018

PAFA President & CEO Named Senior Advisor for David C. Driskell Center

PAFA President and Chief Executive Officer David R. Brigham, Ph.D has been named a senior advisor to the executive director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora. Established in 2001, the Center is committed to collecting, documenting and presenting African American art as well as replenishing and expanding the field.

June 5, 2018

The Brodsky Center for Printmaking and Papermaking Moves to PAFA

The Brodsky Center, a collaborative paper and printmaking center devoted to the creation of new work, is coming to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). The Brodsky Center will become part of the School at PAFA, expanding its printmaking curriculum and providing internship and professional opportunities for students to learn about publishing editions, marketing, and selling artists' prints. A new papermaking facility will be established at PAFA and will provide papermaking opportunities for both Brodsky Center editions and PAFA students.

May 23, 2018

PAFA Acquires Frederic Edwin Church Painting

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announced today that it purchased American artist Frederic Edwin Church's masterful oil painting, "Valley of Santa Isabel, New Granada" (1875). Church is arguably an integral part of American art history and this will be the first work by the artist to enter the Museum's permanent collection.

May 18, 2018

Coming This Summer: PAFA Presents "SWARM."

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to showcase the work of artists Didier William and Nestor Armando Gil/Taller Workshop in the exhibition "SWARM.," which opens June 30th. Viewers will encounter more than 30 works in a variety of media in which William and Gil reveal their respective Haitian and Cuban heritage, and are inflected by the diasporic communities they call home in the United States.

May 4, 2018

PAFA Announces 2018 Recipient of the Anne Bryan Memorial Award

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to announce that Aubrey Brown, a graduating Illustration student in the Certificate program, is the recipient of this year’s Anne Bryan Memorial Award. The Anne Bryan Memorial Award is named for Anne Bryan, a PAFA student who died in the Salvation Army Thrift Store building fire and collapse on June 5, 2013 at 22nd and Market Streets in Center City.

April 12, 2018

PAFA Welcomes Three New Members to Its Board of Trustees

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to announce three new members to its Board of Trustees. PAFA Board Chair Kevin F. Donohoe said, “We are delighted to welcome these three exceptional individuals to the Board. The expertise, enthusiasm, and energy they bring to the table will be invaluable in continuing to fulfill PAFA’s mission of promoting the transformative power of art and art making.”

April 12, 2018

PAFA Holds 213th Commencement on May 11

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will hold its 213th Commencement exercises on Friday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in the Historic Landmark Building, 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. PAFA will recognize 87 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs. Nick Cave to deliver Commencement address; Quentin Morris to receive Distinguished Alumni Award; John Thornton to receive Alumni Service Award.

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