May 3, 2014

113th Annual Student Exhibition

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Mariel Capanna (Cert./BFA’13), Week-Long Music Fest (detail), 2013.
Mixed media, 65 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

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 ASE will feature over 1,000 works in various media by 128 students, including 46 graduating MFA students and 82 Certificate and BFA students. The exhibition opens to the public with a reception on Friday, May 9, 5–8 pm.

The longest-standing exhibition of its kind, the ASE is one of the most highly anticipated student group shows in the country. It is also an art collector’s dream, as the ASE offers the opportunity to view and purchase works by the art world’s next big stars, including winners of PAFA’s Spring Prize competition.

An academic capstone and professional debut for PAFA students, the ASE offers students the opportunity to curate, install, and sell their own works in the galleries of a major museum. Thousands of people see the work: artists, collectors, curators, as well as the public.

To capture this uniquely PAFA experience, PAFA introduced a new Tumblr blog series this year to chronicle the artistic journeys of six students on their Road to ASE. The featured students are Fernando L. DeJesus (Cert. ’14); Jude Martin (Cert. & BFA ’14); Lauren Pellerito (BFA ’14); Christian Platt (Cert. ’14); Tiffany Tate (MFA ’14); and Meg Wolensky (BFA ’14).

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America’s first School of Fine Arts and Museum. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts presented by the President of the United States, PAFA is a recognized leader in Fine Arts education. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied, or exhibited at PAFA. The institution’s world-class collection of American art continues to grow and provides what only a few other art institutions in the world offer: the rare combination of an outstanding Museum and an extraordinary faculty known for its commitment to students and for the stature and quality of its artistic work.




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