Annual Student Exhibition

The Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) is an academic capstone event and the longest-standing student exhibition of its kind. While art exhibitions for matriculating students are common, PAFA's show takes place in a major museum and is one of the most celebrated student group shows in the country.

The ASE offers PAFA's emerging artists the opportunity to curate, install, and sell their own work in a professional setting. In addition to its role as an exhibition and sale, the ASE includes a competition for the coveted Cresson, Schiedt, Von Hess, Ware, and Women's Board travel scholarships, to name a few.

The ASE marks the end of a student's time at PAFA but the beginning of their contribution to the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia and beyond. Among the many successful artists who have launched their careers at the Annual Student Exhibition are Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Bo Bartlett, Moe Brooker, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Sarah McEneaney.

121st Annual Student Exhibition

May 13, 2022–June 5, 2022

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Art at Noon with Undergraduate Students

May 4, 2022 at 12 PM

A free online program with exhibiting students. Hear how the next generation of professional artists developed their creative processes and where they go for inspiration.

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Annual Student Exhibition Preview Party

May 12, 2022 at 4 PM

The ASE Preview Party supports student scholarships while allowing sponsors and attendees first access to the sale of work, along with a host of other benefits. This opportunity to support emerging artists on the cusp of their professional careers is also a chance to connect with fellow art lovers and become the first collectors of tomorrow’s art stars.

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Public Opening

May 13, 2022 from 4 PM–7 PM

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Art at Noon with Graduate Students

May 18, 2022 at 12 PM

A free online program with exhibiting students. Hear how the next generation of professional artists developed their creative processes and where they go for inspiration.

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Member Tour

June 2, 2022 at 11 AM

An exclusive walkthrough highlighting the students' incredible resilience, imagination, and originality.

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