The School

“There were great and serious painters, and everybody was inspiring one another. It was a beautiful time there.”—David Lynch, '66-'67

Experience PAFA

  • Visiting Artist Program

    Njideka Akunyili Crosby, MacArthur Recipient, Visits PAFA

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  • PAFA On Tour

    Going Global: PAFA Curators Put American Art on the World Stage

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  • Bhoomi Patel (MFA '20)

    Venturing Far Outside One's Comfort Zone

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  • Behind the Scenes

    Mentoring the Next Generation of Museum Professionals

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  • Lindsay Rapp (BFA '14)

    Sharing Her Passion Through Social Media

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  • Kathleen Gallo (BFA '20)

    Sculpting to Solve Cold Cases

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  • "Alter"ing American Art

    Asking What It Means to Be "American"

    On View through 12/16

Degree Programs

PAFA’s School of Fine Arts offers a world-class professional education that focuses exclusively on the success of the emerging fine artist. With over 200 years of experience training artists, we nurture the artistic development of our students. Our priority is the quality, comprehensiveness, and relevance of a fine arts education to develop and pursue an artistic vision wherever it may lead.

Areas of Study

Studio arts training in Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture provides the foundational skills, intellectual context, discipline and creativity needed for a lifelong pursuit of making art. Support and guidance from our nationally-acclaimed faculty give our students technical artistic skills and 21st-century skills to prepare them for their future careers.

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