Privacy Policy and Copyright Statement

Privacy Policy

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is committed to protecting your privacy when you visit our website, participate in online activities, purchase a service or product, use the website to purchase a PAFA membership or make a donation. PAFA does not collect personal information about individuals, such as names and mailing or email addresses, unless the individual knowingly provides it. In choosing to provide this information, or in using PAFA's website in any way, you accept the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

Information Collection

Information collected and stored automatically

If you visit our website, we automatically gather and store the following anonymous information about your visit so that we can track the use of our website in order to make improvements. This information is stored and used in the aggregate only, and is not used to identify or contact you personally:

  • The IP address from which you access our website
  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our website
  • The date and time you access our website
  • The pages, files, documents and links that you visit on our website
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked to our website


Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer's hard drive by your browser as you visit web pages. Cookies used by PAFA do not contain personal information. Examples of ways in which PAFA might use cookies would be to control access to certain user features, to customize content areas, or to analyze site activity and user behavior. PAFA also reserves the right to use cookies in the future in conjunction with new content or extended functionality. If you are concerned about the use of cookies, PAFA suggests that you explore your browser's options to notify you whenever a cookie is set, or to disallow cookies altogether. Users should be aware, however, that prohibiting the use of cookies may restrict the user's access to certain types of content or features. If you choose not to accept cookies, some features of the PAFA website and the Portfolio online store may not be available to you.

Information Requested from Site Users

Online purchases

When you order a service or product through our website, we will ask you to provide us with the information we need to process your purchase. This information includes your name, billing and shipping addresses, telephone number, e-mail address, and credit card information. So that we can track your order, we will retain your order information for our records.

Online memberships 

When you purchase a PAFA membership online, we will ask you to provide us with the information we need to process your membership and to acknowledge your membership contribution. This information includes your name, billing and shipping addresses, telephone number, email address, and credit card information.

Online donations

When you support PAFA by making a donation online, we will ask you to provide us with the information we need to process and acknowledge your contribution. This information includes your name, billing and mailing addresses, telephone number, email address, and credit card information. Your credit card information will be used only as needed to process your transaction.

Credit card transactions

Your credit card information will be used only as needed to process your transaction. We take reasonable precautions to keep credit card transactions that occur on the website secure. When you submit your credit card for any purchase or donation, that transaction is encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to prevent your credit card information from being deciphered as it travels over the Internet to our servers. We monitor network traffic to help identify unauthorized attempts to access, upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. No system connected to the Internet can be guaranteed to be secure, but we follow generally accepted practices of physical, network, and operational security to safeguard our data, including information we may collect from our website users.

Online surveys

From time to time, PAFA may invite you to participate in surveys posted on our website. You may decide whether or not you wish to complete such surveys, which may ask about your background, occupation, or similar questions. We use this information to help us understand our audience, which in turn allows us to better meet your needs and interests. No personal information from these surveys is disclosed to third parties, although PAFA may disclose survey results to third parties in anonymous, aggregate form.

Online contests

PAFA occasionally may offer visitors the opportunity to participate in online contests, games or interactive programs. If you choose to enter, you will need to provide your name and e-mail address so that we may contact you in connection with the contest, game or interactive program. We may also request that you provide us with certain other information, such as your zip code and state of residence. This information is used internally for statistical and similar purposes.

Children ages 12 and under

PAFA does not solicit personal information from children, but complies with the Federal Trade Commission's Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule as it applies to general-audience websites. Visitors twelve years of age and under must obtain a parent's or legal guardian's verifiable consent before submitting any personal information to the PAFA site. If a parent or legal guardian wishes to review or delete a child's personal information submitted to this site, he or she may do so by contacting PAFA as provided below.

Use and Disclosure of Information

PAFA may use personal information you provide to us to provide you with information from time to time on our programs, events, products, services, and membership benefits, or to communicate with you about becoming a member or sponsor, renewing your membership or sponsorship, or contributing in other ways that benefit PAFA.

PAFA will not sell, trade, or rent the personal information you provide to us in purchasing a product or service or membership online, making an online donation, or participating in an online game, contest or online program. We may compile and provide aggregate statistics about our visitors, customers, sales, traffic patterns, and related site information to third parties, but these statistics will not include any personally identifying information. PAFA may release account information when such release is reasonably necessary to comply with the law; enforce the terms of any of our user agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of PAFA, the users of its site, or others.

Third-Party Service Providers

PAFA may engage reputable third-party vendors in order to help us manage our website and allow us to better service our visitors and customers. These may include third-party vendors engaged to analyze, for marketing purposes, the information collected on our website, or to assist us with membership, marketing, or fundraising activities. PAFA's vendors are required by contract to maintain the confidentiality and security of PAFA information to which they are provided access and the vendors are restricted from using the information in any way not expressly authorized by PAFA.

Links to Other Sites

Users may find content on the PAFA website that links to the sites and services of our partners, sponsors, or other third parties. In many cases, these links represent cooperative projects or are established with persons or entities that have a significant connection to or relationship with PAFA. Although PAFA makes reasonable efforts to ensure that any referrals are to reputable and relevant sources, PAFA does not control the content or links that appear on these third party sites. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies, or no policy at all. PAFA encourages visitors to review the privacy policies of any third-party sites they visit regarding protection of personal information. PAFA is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of any third-party sites.

Email Communications

"Email a Friend" feature

If you use PAFA's "email a friend" feature, your friend's email address will not be retained on our website or used in any way by PAFA.

Emailing PAFA

PAFA tries to respond to email messages requiring a response within seven business days. We try to respond to customer service inquiries related to an online purchase. If you email PAFA, your message and email address will be forwarded to the appropriate department within PAFA. PAFA may choose to save this information. However, any message, material, business information, ideas, concepts, or other information sent to PAFA by email will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary.

Contact Us

You can contact us in connection with issues of privacy and data protection:

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
Phone: 215-972-7600
Fax: 215-569-0153

Revisions to our Privacy Policy

PAFA may revise its Privacy Policy at any time. Such revisions may arise in response to changes in the law, policy, or other factors. We encourage you to periodically visit this page to review our most current policy.

Copyright Statement

The contents of each page of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) website, including all digital files, data, images and text, are protected by copyright and are the property of PAFA, or of third parties from whom PAFA has received authorization to display such files, data, images or text on this website.

The contents of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts website are made available to website visitors for personal, educational, non-commercial use only, consistent with the principles of fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws. None of the contents of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts website may be reproduced or distributed in any form without the permission of PAFA. Any public or commercial use of these materials without prior written permission is a violation of federal copyright law.

Permission may be requested by directing a written (or email) inquiry to the attention of the Manager of Rights and Reproductions at the following address. Be sure to include your name, address and a description of your intended use and the material or content that you would like to use. Permission may be granted or denied at the sole discretion of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts or its licensors, as applicable:

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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