Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

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Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is the birthplace of American art and an incubator for artistic expression. As the country’s first fine arts school and museum, PAFA trains many great artists and is home to one of the most important collections of American art anywhere. 

PAFA’s programs of studio training and study are centered on drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking while encouraging experimental and interdisciplinary approaches. Varying in emphasis by specific program, PAFA offers balanced training in technical skills, artistic abilities and studio practice. This is facilitated through faculty mentoring and critique as well as intellectual exploration. 

For over a century, the Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) has been a major component of the curriculum at PAFA. Highlighting the exceptional fine arts training at PAFA, hundreds of works by graduating MFA, BFA, and third- and fourth-year Certificate students are on display in the museum galleries of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.

Posts from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 114th Annual Student Exhibition, 2015. Photo: ZP Heller.

    115th Annual Student Exhibition and its 211th commencement

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents its 115th Annual Student Exhibition, May 13–June 5 at 128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. The exhibition opens to the public with a reception on May 13 from 5[...]

    May 4, 2016

  • Mingfei Cui, Vending Machine 2, 2015. Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas, 56 x 68 inches.

    Accepting applications for graduate program

    A welcoming environment with a strong sense of community, PAFA offers graduate programs with a supportive and vibrant group of artists, critics, visiting speakers, seminar leaders and fellow students. For more than 200 y[...]

    February 12, 2016

  • Peter Saul, Mondrian Duck, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 inches. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

    Spring 2016 Visiting Artists Program

    The Visiting Artists Program at PAFA brings an outstanding roster of local, national and international artists and critics to PAFA each semester for lectures, critiques, performances and workshops. The program exposes st[...]

    December 16, 2015

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    Call for applications: coordinated BFA with the University of Pennsylvania

    Exceptional Ivy League education. Extraordinary fine arts training. Together in one program. Since 1929, the coordinated Bachelor of Fine Arts program with the University of Pennsylvania has paired PAFA's renowned fine[...]

    December 4, 2015

  • Professor Al Gury and students in PAFA's Cast Hall. Courtesy Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

    Call for 2016 undergraduate and graduate applicants

    A welcoming environment with a strong sense of community, PAFA offers a fine arts education like no other.  For more than 200 years, PAFA has been recognized for its talented faculty of working artists, its one-on-one s[...]

    November 27, 2015

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    Fall 2015 open houses

    Join us for a day filled with student and faculty panel discussions, Q&A sessions, information about admissions and financial aid, and studio and classroom tours. Learn about PAFA's interdisciplinary approaches to ar[...]

    September 16, 2015

  • Peter Halley, Achromatic Concretion, 2010. Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic and Roll-a-Tex on canvas. Photo: Ron Amstutz. Courtesy of the artist and Dia Art Foundation.

    Visiting Artists Program, September–December 2015

    The Visiting Artists Program at PAFA brings an outstanding roster of local, national and international artists and critics* to PAFA each semester for lectures, critiques, performances and workshops. The program exposes s[...]

    August 26, 2015

  • 2014 Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Photo: Kelly & Massa Photography.

    114th Annual Student Exhibition and 210th commencement

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents its 114th Annual Student Exhibition,  May 15 to June 7, at 128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. The exhibition opens to the public with a reception on May 15. [...]

    May 7, 2015

  • Clint Jukkala, PAFA's new Dean of the School of Fine Arts. Photo: ZP Heller.

    Clint Jukkala named Dean of the School of Fine Arts

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announces the appointment of Clint Jukkala as PAFA's Dean of the School of Fine Arts. Jukkala, who has been the Chair of Graduate Programs at PAFA since fall 2013, will start [...]

    April 24, 2015

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    One million USD gift for scholarships

    A one million USD gift from The Maguire Foundation, longtime supporters of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), will make the highest quality of fine arts training available to the most gifted emerging arti[...]

    January 23, 2015

  • Cait Clements (MFA '14) & Tiffany Tate (MFA '14), Being the Surface Tension, Breaking the Surface Tension, 2013. Performance, 16 minutes.

    Call for applications

    PAFA's Office of Admissions is accepting applications from talented artists and artists in the making to all of our programs. The four-year PAFA Certificate, PAFA BFA, and Coordinated BFA with the University of Pennsylva[...]

    October 29, 2014

  • Chie Fueki, Josh, 2010. Acrylic, mixed media, paper/wood, 72 x 96 inches. Courtesy of artist.

    Visiting Artists Program lecture series for fall 2014

    The Visiting Artists Program at PAFA is a student-run program that brings an outstanding roster of contemporary artists to campus for lectures, critiques, performances and workshops. Local, national and internationally [...]

    September 13, 2014

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    Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts Degree and BFA Major in Fine Arts Illustration

    Starting in the summer of 2015, PAFA will begin enrolling students into a new Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program, completed in three eight-week summer residencies at PAFA and two semesters of work at the student's[...]

    July 22, 2014

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    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents the 113th Annual Student Exhibition

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) presents its 113th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE), May 9 through June 1, in PAFA's Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at 128 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia. This year's AS[...]

    May 3, 2014

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts hosts the 6th annual Fourth Wall Panel Review

    PAFA is still accepting MFA applications and applications for a Certificate/BFA/Coordinated BFA with University of Pennsylvania on a space available basis.

    February 27, 2014

  • Exciting new initiatives for MFA students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

    Exciting new initiatives for MFA students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) "It is an especially exciting time in the PAFA MFA program. To complement the extraordinary teaching that PAFA is known for,[...]

    December 5, 2013

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: call for applications

    We make artists PAFA's Office of Admissions is accepting applications from talented artists and artists in the making to all of our programs. The four-year PAFA Certificate, Coordinated BFA with University of Pennsylvan[...]

    October 24, 2013

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    PAFA adds painting by alumna Njideka Akunyili to permanent collection

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has purchased a painting by rising art star and alumna Njideka Akunyili (Post-Bacc, '06). "Njideka Akunyili's large scale collage paintings weave her autobiographical narr[...]

    January 25, 2013

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    The Review Panel “Philadelphia” with David Cohen at PAFA

    The Review Panel Philadelphia provides critical commentary on exhibitions in Philadelphia’s museum, collegiate, commercial gallery and alternative arts spaces. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA[...]

    November 1, 2012

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    Annual Student Exhibition at PAFA

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is pleased to announce the school's 111th Annual Student Exhibition. The culmination of the School's academic calendar, PAFA's Annual Student Exhibition is a peerless a[...]

    March 21, 2012

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    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    GRADUATE PROGRAMS at PAFA inspire transformation: of art, ideas and people. This process of transformation is forged in the studio critique system at PAFA, with over twenty resident critics, ten visiting critics, gradu[...]

    December 21, 2011

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    here. at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    The Exhibition "here." Seeks to Redefine "Regionalism" in Contemporary American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Highlighting how the experience of "place" saturates the work of artists from six regio[...]

    October 19, 2011