Summer Studio/Critique Program

July 5 - August 12, 2022

The Summer Studio/Critique Program is back in-person on PAFA's campus! This six-week studio-rental program is designed for experienced visual artists and educators who desire constructive feedback on their artwork, as well as the support and interaction of an artistic community. Stimulate your personal artistic growth in your own private PAFA studio through individual weekly critiques from a stellar ensemble of nationally and internationally known artists, including members of PAFA’s acclaimed faculty, as well as discussion, group critiques, and artist's studio visits.

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Registration Deadline: Rolling, on a space-available basis.  Only 12 spaces available.
Tuition:  $1,500 for 3.0 graduate credits, 4.0 undergraduate credits, or non-credit. Tuition covers rental of a private studio in PAFA's Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building and weekly individual critiques from distinguished artists and curators.
Schedule: Students have all-day studio access, until midnight daily.  Weekly one-on-one critiques will be conducted each Friday by time-slot sign-up.  Lead critic Neysa Grassi will host additional group critiques/discussions and field trips/artist studio visits, scheduled to best accommodate the group's needs. 
Additional benefits:  Receive a 10% tuition discount on all subsequent PAFA CE Summer Session 2 Classes! 
Review complete Registration and Policy Information below.

2022 Critics

Neysa Grassi

Neysa Grassi (Lead Critic)

Neysa Grassi is known for her gouache, mixed media, and oil paintings whose surfaces reveal the intense physicality of her creative process. Through multiple layers of paint that have been applied, manipulated, wiped out, and covered again, she creates a tactile quality that variously evinces spontaneous energy or calculated meditation.  Grassi is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship and has had solo exhibitions at several museums, including the Pensacola Art Museum in Florida and PAFA, as well as numerous one-person exhibitions in galleries in Philadelphia and New York. Her work is included in the permanent collections of PAFA, the Berman Museum of Art, the Palmer Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Woodmere Art Museum. She is represented by Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. She is a critic in PAFA’s MFA program.

Jan Baltzell

Jan Baltzell

Jan Baltzell’s painterly abstractions display a master’s control of contrasting mark-making and ecstatic color that transcends the viewer’s conventional vocabulary. During the past forty years, her drawings and vibrant paintings have appeared in numerous regional and national exhibitions, including more than twenty solo exhibitions. Known not only as a distinguished artist but also as an influential teacher and critic, Baltzell has taught in the BFA, Post-Baccalaureate, and MFA programs at PAFA, and served as a visiting instructor/critic other institutions, including Towson State University, Drexel University, the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and the Vermont Studio Center.  Baltzell’s work is included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., among other institutions.  She is currently represented by Schmidt Dean Gallery in New Jersey.    

Alex Conner

Alex Conner

Alex Conner is a curator, educator, and entrepreneur who owns and operates Commonweal gallery in Rittenhouse. Commonweal exhibits artists from the Philadelphia community whose work actively engages with local, national, and global conversations. His passion for encouraging artists of all levels is reflected in his endeavors, from serving as a K-12 gallery educator at the Barnes Foundation to running Philly Stewards, an arts organization dedicated to the collection, support, and promotion of Philadelphia’s art and artists. Through Commonweal, Alex works with artists to help develop the commercial aspects of their practice.

Doah Lee

Doah Lee

Doah Lee is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Philadelphia. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, she earned her MFA from University of Pennsylvania and her BFA with a concentration in Painting and Printmaking at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. In her work, she explores and exploits cultural symbols through repetition in a practice that mediates on cultural translation, immigration, otherness and femininity in focusing more specifically on issue of self-identification. She searches through the ways how children speak, listen, see, and draw and their relationships with the influencing points over a person’s identity under socio-political and cultural pressures. The work has been featured in various exhibitions in Virginia, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Seoul, South Korea. She has been a resident-artist at Vermont Studio Center and Cheltenham Center of the Art. She is a curator and member of an artist-run exhibition space, FJORD gallery, and has been a visiting art critic and artist in residency at PAFA.

Bruce Samuelson

Bruce Samuelson

Bruce Samuelson is a faculty member of PAFA’s BFA and Graduate Programs. Informed by the principles of Old Master draftsmanship, Samuelson’s drawings and paintings expand beyond traditional methods of representation to arrive at elegant meditations on the human form. He has exhibited in over thirty solo exhibitions and his work is represented in numerous public and private collections including PAFA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Woodmere Art Museum. Samuelson is represented by J. Cacciola Galleries, New York and Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia.

Sterling Shaw

Sterling Shaw

Sterling Shaw is a product of Philadelphia’s public school system. He entered PAFA in 2000, where he earned a Certificate in 2004 and later an MFA degree in 2020.  Bible stories, nursery rhymes, and mythology influence his dreamlike narratives, which are marked by a painterly focus on the figure and the expressive immediacy of drawing elements. His work has been exhibited at the Painting Center in New York, the Woodmere Art Museum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Rosenfeld Gallery, the Main Line Art Center, Seraphin Gallery, Artists House Gallery, and Gross McCleaf Gallery. His work belongs to numerous private and public collections, including the permanent collection of the Woodmere Art Museum, the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection. He currently maintains his studio practice in Philadelphia.

Registration and Policy Information

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The Summer Studio/Critique Program is offered through PAFA's Continuing Education (CE) Programs. Please note that the CE office currently does not accept walk-in appointments due to COVID-19 building access restrictions.  Registration is available online only at this time.

Please review the following information carefully prior to registering:

  • This is an uninstructed program; as such, prior art-making experience and the ability to work independently are required. Beyond this understanding, there are no specific application requirements or prerequisites for this program.
  • Review the Continuing Education Procedures & Policies for important policies, including information about PAFA accreditation and transcript requests.  By applying for the Summer Studio/Critique Program, you agree to abide by PAFA's Procedures and Policies.
  • Withdrawals from the program must be issued in writing to continuinged@pafa.eduWithdrawals issued prior to two weeks before the first day (by June 20) will be issued a full refund, minus a $50 administrative feeNo refunds are issued for withdrawals after June 20, after studio rentals have been reserved.
  • No materials list is provided for this program.  Students may work in their media of choice within PAFA's safety/clean-air guidelines.  Access to print and sculpture shop facilities is not included in tuition:  Students must be enrolled in print or sculpture classes for access to these facilities and abide by shop rules and access hours.
  • Review CE's Procedures and Policies for important program information, including COVID safety requirements, academic credit policies, and other classroom/program rules.

For questions, please contact Allison Syvertsen, PAFA’s Director of Continuing Education Programs at asyvertsen@pafa.edu.


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