Visiting Artist Program

Student Organizations & Programs

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.

Summer 2020 Visiting Artist Program Schedule

All lectures are free and held online, beginning at 5:00 PM ET.  Please note that some events are open to PAFA students only. 

PAFA students do not need to register for public programs—check your student email account for invitations to the online lectures. 

Ana Vizcarra Rankin

Ana Vizcarra Rankin 

July 15, 2020 | 5:00 PM–6:00 PM 

Ana Vizcarra Rankin makes art about maps, travel and the general sense of being in and of the universe. She spends time in the equatorial as well as the polar sides of the binary; world maps with Antarctica at the top, and dark circles filled with stars and surrounded by the ever-developing horizon. She has exhibited extensively including at PhilaMOCA, PA; Rowan University Art Gallery, NJ; The Gallery at Instituto Cervantes, IL; and Bickett Gallery, NC.

Amir H. Fallah

Amir H. Fallah 

July 22, 2020 | 5:00 PM–6:00 PM 

Amir H. Fallah creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that utilize personal history as an entry point to discuss race, representation, the body, and the memories of cultures and countries left behind. Fallah wryly incorporates Western art historical references into paintings formally rooted in the pattern-based visual language of Islamic Art. Fallah received his BFA in Fine Art & Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA in painting at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sarah Zapata

Sarah Zapata

July 29, 2020 | 5:00 PM–6:00 PM 

Sarah Zapata (b. 1988, Corpus Christi, TX) is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has held solo exhibitions with Performance Space New York (NY), Deli Gallery (NY), el Museo del Barrio (NY), amongst others. Her work has been exhibited at the New Museum (NY), Museum of Art and Design (NY), Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (NY), Boston University (MA), LAXART (CA), Paul Kasmin (NY), Arsenal Contemporary (NY), EFA Project Space (NY), Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center (NY).

Paul D'Agostino

Paul D'Agostino

July 30, 2020 | 5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Paul D’Agostino is an artist, writer, curator and translator. He holds a PhD in Italian Literature and has taught art, language, literature, cinema, culture and interdisciplinary courses at a number of institutions, including Parsons The New School, Brooklyn College, Fordham University and Rutgers, and he is currently MFA Writing Advisor at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.

Maria Teacher-Dougherty

Maria Teicher

August 3, 2020 | 5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Maria Teicher, born 1983 in New Jersey, is a fine art portrait and figurative artist residing just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Using historic and personal symbolism, her works blend together contemporary concepts and an honest connection with those around her. Maria received her BFA in 2007 from Rowan University and her MFA in 2013 from the New York Academy of Art. She exhibits regularly in Philadelphia, New York, and California.

Amber Cowan

Amber Cowan

August 5, 2020 | 5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Open to PAFA Students Only

Amber Cowan's sculptural glasswork is based around the use of recycled, upcycled, and second-life American pressed glass. With an instinctive nature towards horror vacui, her pieces reference memory, domesticity and the loss of an industry through the re-use of common items from the aesthetic dustbin of American design. Her recent diorama-style pieces tell stories of female loneliness, self-discovery and escapism by using figurines and animals found in vintage pressed glass pieces as recurring symbols within her narrative.

Program Support

The Visiting Artists Program is made possible with support from Abbot Downing.