October 9, 2017

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Expands its Permanent Collection

PHILADEPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA—The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia-based museum and school, has added twenty-eight modern and contemporary artworks, including paintings, works on paper, collage, photographs, and sculpture, for its permanent collection, from many prominent female artist such as Mickalene Thomas, Sonya Clark, and Audrey Flack. PAFA has purchased photographs of the work Becoming an Image by the gender non-conforming artist Cassils, which “confronts the invisible histories of violence against transgender people” and was performed at the Academy in December 2016.

PAFA has also received gifted works from the estate of Marion Boulton Stoud, the founder of Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum and a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gifts from the Boulton Stoud collection includes works by Ann Hamilton, Mary Heilmann, Joan Jonas, and Sylvia Sleigh.

Of the acquisitions, PAFA Museum director Brooke Davis Anderson said, “Powerful works by women from throughout the twentieth century were highlighted this season, in both gifts and acquisitions reflecting our commitment to collecting works by women artists and artists from communities often overlooked by the conventional canon of art history.”

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