Annual Student Exhibition

May 14–June 6, 2021

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.

Eustace Mamba, "Weighing Escape Options"

120th Annual Student Exhibition

May 14–June 6, 2021

PAFA is pleased to present the 120th Annual Student Exhibition, opening to the public on May 14. As with the 119th ASE, this year ASE's schedule and format, as well as related events, have been adjusted.

ASE Preview Party

Annual Student Exhibition Preview

May 13, 2021 | Online

A PAFA tradition for art collectors and art lovers returns virtually this spring on May 13. The ASE Preview offers guests the first chance to view and acquire works created by PAFA's BFA and MFA candidates, all on the verge of their professional careers. 

Past ASE Exhibitions

Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building