August 26, 2015

Visiting Artists Program

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
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.

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 students to a range of artistic approaches and fosters discussion about contemporary art and ideas.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures take place from 11:45am to 1pm in the Hamilton Auditorium of PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building. Details at

September 17
Justin Matherly, a PAFA alumnus, creates sculptures of poured concrete and medical equipment, as well as prints layering constructivist geometry and classical architecture.

October 1
Judy Gelles’ photography explores issues of feminism, motherhood, childhood and family life. Her work provides social commentary and sheds light on who we are and how we think.

October 22
Susanna Coffey’s painted self-portraits are set against abstract backdrops that evoke violence or unrest, expressing the frustration of the ever-changing identity of the individual.

October 29
Jean Shin creates monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community.

November 5
Sharon Louden explores the representations of what she refers to as “anthropomorphic individuals.” Her work uses simple lines and gestures to express human characteristics.

November 12
Ann Craven, moved by ideas of memory, time and change, produces lushly colored, sensuous paintings with motifs of birds, flowers, the moon and stripes.

November 19
Peter Halley’s paintings engage in a play of relationships between “prisons” and “cells”—icons that reflect the increasing geometricization of social space in the world.

December 3
Brad Greenwood, a PAFA alumnus, creates haunting, richly imagined pictures with mythic narratives that challenge the viewer to see how paint can continue to transform.

*PAFA’s roster of 2015–16 visiting critics includes: Colleen Asper, Sharon Butler, Charles Burwell, David Cohen, Daniel Heyman, James Hyde, Marie Lorenz, Virgil Marti, Jennifer Packer and Mika Tajima.

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