About John and Richanda Rhoden
In 2017, PAFA acquired the estate of the artist John Rhoden (1918-2001), which included over 320 works by the under-recognized African-American sculptor. Proceeds from the Rhodens' Brooklyn estate will help fund an exhibition of the artist's work, a scholarship for students from diverse backgrounds, a curatorial position, and support the construction of the Arts Center. In recognition of this momentous acquisition, PAFA will name the Arts Center Auditorium in honor of John and his late wife Richanda.
PAFA will accession a number of Rhoden's works for its own permanent collection and will help place the remainder of the works within the collections of other museums around the world. Select sculptures will be exhibited in dedicated vestibules throughout the Arts Center Auditorium.