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 2021 Visiting Artist Program Schedule

All lectures are free and held online, beginning at 5PM ET.  

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

Fin Simonetti

Fin Simonetti

June 23, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM 

Fin Simonetti is a Canadian artist and musician based in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include My Volition at Matthew Brown Gallery, Head Gusset at Cooper Cole Gallery, and Pledge at Company Gallery.  Fin's work has been reviewed by the New York Times, ArtForum, the New Yorker, and Art in America.  She is represented by Matthew Brown in LA and Cooper Cole in Toronto.

Diedrick Brackens

Diedrick Brackens

June 30, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM  

Diedrick Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, TX; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) is best known for his woven tapestries that explore allegory and narrative through the artist’s autobiography, broader themes of African American and queer identity, as well as American history. Brackens employs techniques from West African weaving, quilting from the American South and European tapestry-making to create both abstract and figurative works. Often depicting moments of male tenderness, Brackens culls from African and African American literature, poetry and folklore as source. Beginning his process through the hand-dying of cotton, a material he deliberately uses in acknowledgement of its brutal history, Brackens’ oeuvre presents rich, nuanced visions of African American life and identity, while also alluding to the complicated histories of labor and migration. Brackens utilizes both commercial dyes and atypical pigments such as wine, tea and bleach to create his vibrant, intricately-woven tapestries that investigate historical gaps, interlacing the present with his singular magical realist worldview.

Eileen Neff

Eileen Neff

July 7, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM 

Eileen Neff, having formally studied literature (B.A. Temple University) and painting (B.F.A. Philadelphia College of Art; M.F.A. Tyler School of Art), has been working with photo-based images and installations since 1981. Her work is currently featured in the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition, “New Grit: Art & Philly Now”, as well as in “Karmic Joy” at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

Lauren Frances Adams

Lauren Frances Adams

July 14, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Lauren Frances Adams is a painter who lives and works in Baltimore. She earned her BFA at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and her MFA at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work engages political and social histories through iconic images and domestic ornament.  Lauren teaches full time in the painting department at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Paul Rouphail

Paul Rouphail 

July 21, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Paul Rouphail (b. 1987, Chicago, Illinois) received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Rouphail's work has been reviewed online and in print, including the Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, Tank Magazine, Artspace, New American Paintings, Maake Magazine, and Gestalten Press' Imagine Architecture, among others. Rouphail has an upcoming solo exhibition at Stems Gallery in Brussels in the Fall of 2021. He lives and works in Philadelphia, PA and is represented by Smart Objects in Los Angeles, Stems Gallery in Brussels and Jack Barrett in New York.

Nadia Waheed

Nadia Waheed 

July 28, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM 

Born in Saudi Arabia but originally from Pakistan, Nadia Waheed (BFA 2015 School of the Art Institute of Chicago) makes partially autobiographical, large scale allegorical figurative paintings that explore female selfhood, choice, and cultural trauma. Exhibition history includes shows with Arsenal Contemporary NY, BEERS London, Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, and Gallery 1957 in London.

Doah Lee

Doah Lee

August 14, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Doah Lee is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Philadelphia. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She earned her MFA from University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. In her work, she explores and utilizes 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 is a curator and co-director of the artist-run exhibition space, FJORD Gallery and currently teaches at Haverford School and Fleisher Art Memorial.

Program Support

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