Press Releases

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 an Exhibition That Argues for 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.

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.