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.
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.
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.
PAFA has been awarded $75K from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in order to process, catalog, digitize, and make publicly available an archival collection documenting the life and career of the late African American artist John W. Rhoden.
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.
The late Estelle Barenbaum Rubens has given nearly $8 million to PAFA school officials have announced. The bequest gift will support student scholarships and tuition for PAFA students. Rubens passed away at the age of 88 and spent almost 15 years guiding museum tours at PAFA as a docent.
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.
Wangechi Mutu, Judith Linhares, and Zanele Muholi Included in More than 100 Works Added to PAFA's Permanent Collection
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announced the addition of 130 historic, modern, and contemporary works to its permanent collection. Acquisition highlights feature works by an array of historical and contemporary artists, including George Hitchcock, William J. Glackens, Wangechi Mutu, Judith Linhares, and Zanele Muholi.
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.
PAFA is pleased to announce the election of Jonathan Hirsch to its Board of Trustees. Hirsch is co-founder and partner of IG Wines Ltd, and will serve as the co-chair of Bacchanal in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PAFA has received a $200,000 gift from the Richard C. von Hess Foundation to help build a new papermaking studio in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building as part of its expansion of the Brodsky Center and printmaking initiatives in the School of Fine Arts.