Student Organizations & Programs

Student Organizations & Programs

At PAFA, students create their own unique experience through a broad range of co-curricular activities, student-run organizations, student leadership and the vast opportunities around Philadelphia. 

It's easy to get involved, to pursue passions and learn.

Winter Clothing Drive

Community Service

PAFA Students support the broader Philadelphia community by donating their time to organizations like the renowned Mural Arts Program and Philabundance and PAFA's museum education department. Projects include clothing and food drives and outreach into area public schools.

OSN bronze pour

Open Studio Night

One of the most anticipated events on the school’s calendar, Open Studio Night is the one time each year when PAFA's graduate and undergraduate students open their studios to the public to show and discuss their works in progress.

The event takes place on all five studio floors of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at 128 N. Broad Street—comprising 200 private studios where PAFA students develop and refine their paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings throughout the school year.

Open Studio Night gives visitors a rare up-close and personal look into the creative process of a new generation of emerging artists, see the inner workings of their studios, and get a sense of how they develop their ideas. It also provides a sneak peek of works that will appear in the Annual Student Exhibition (ASE), where more than 1,000 works by PAFA students are exhibited in the museum galleries. 

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Visiting Artists Program

This student-run program brings an outstanding roster of local, national and international artists to PAFA each semester for lectures, critiques, and workshops. The program exposes students and the public to a range of artistic approaches and fosters discussion about contemporary art and ideas.



Student Exhibitions

Students have exciting opportunities throughout their time at PAFA to exhibit artwork year-round in PAFA's numerous gallery spaces: Anne Bryan Gallery; Broad Street Studio, and the lobby galleries on each floor in the Hamilton Building. 

student leadership

Student Leadership

Through student leadership positions, students have the unique opportunity to develop their interests, empower their education and positively engage with and develop a welcoming, inclusive community across campus. There are many ways to be a student leader at PAFA, including:

  • Resident Assistants in Stiles Hall
  • Student Activities Assistants
  • Studio Floor Leaders
  • New Student Orientation Leaders
  • Peer Mentors
  • Student Exhibitions Committee
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Ambassadors.

Graduate students can be a part of the following:

  • Graduate Student Association
  • Visiting Artist Program
  • Gallery 8
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Student Social Media Managers @pafa_mfa, a student-run Instagram account