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your hands you hold a blueprint. You see the world differently. You have talent, but having a career as an artist is about more than that. You have an energy and an appetite for creativity and you also want to lead a fulfilling, vibrant life. You have an appreciation for history and tradition but youâ€™re yearning to break through to something fresh, relevant, and personal. Each step you take affects the journey youâ€™re on. So how do you start telling your own story? How do you build the life you want? At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, or PAFA, everything we do has one goal in mind: ensuring that our students have the tools they need for creating successful, rewarding, and lifelong careers in the arts. For over 200 years, our close-knit community of faculty, critics, scholars, curators, museum professionals, and alumni has created a home for contemporary artists to reinvent tradition and make their own mark on the future.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOURS .
WHAT WE OFFER
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PAFA at a Glance
W H AT W E OFFER Founded 1805 in Philadelphia by painter and scientist Charles Willson Peale, sculptor William Rush, and other artists and business leaders, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the nation’s oldest school and museum of art. We are at the heart of a tight-knit artist community in an urban campus setting. Our classes are small and students and faculty share and inform one another’s art.
PROG R A MS BACHELOR OF FINE A RTS (BFA) PA FA / UNIVERSIT Y OF PENNS Y LVA NIA BFA (PA FA /PENN BFA) FOUR-Y E A R S T UDIO CERTIFIC ATE (CERT ) M A S TER OF FINE A RTS (MFA) LOW-RESIDENC Y MFA (LOW-RES) P OS T-BACC AL AURE ATE CERTIFIC ATE (P OS T-BACC) M A J ORS / ARE A S OF S TUDY
ACCREDITATION AND AWARDS PENNS YLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUC ATION
NATIONAL A SSOCIATION OF
SCHOOL S OF ART AND DESIGN
ILLUS TR ATION
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MIDDLE S TATES COMMISSION FOR HIG HER EDUC ATION (MSCHE ) MEMBER OF THE A SSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT COLLEG ES OF ART AND DESIG N ( AIC AD) NATIONAL MEDAL OF ART S A MERIC AN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS
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MAISIE OˇBRIEN Certificate ’16, Printmaking A native of Dallas, Texas, Maisie O’Brien won PAFA’s prestigious Women’s Board Travel Scholarship as a third-year student and spent several weeks traveling in Europe, starting in Berlin and ending in the Scottish countryside. Returning to PAFA for her final year, her work evolved from intricate cutouts and puppetry inspired figures to multidisciplinary installation work that includes video, performance, sculpture for and photography as well as drawing and printmaking.
“Being in studio, I’m in a primordial space... everything is free to happen just outside of public awareness.”
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U N D E R G R A D U AT E PROGRAMS As a PAFA student you will develop your talents to become an outstanding artist. You will learn to use your hands, eyes, and mind to explore new ideas. You will become proficient in a range of materials and disciplines and will learn to work independently and follow your own vision. You will enhance your abilities to think critically, take on ambitious projects, work collaboratively, and give and receive feedback. You will gain vital skills that will help you succeed as
an artist, a creative individual, and an entrepreneur. The f lexibility of PAFA’s undergraduate programs allows you to choose your path when you apply or after you’ve begun your studies. All programs feature courses taught by PAFA’s exceptional faculty, and a rigorous and supportive community
of students and artists. PAFA offers three unique undergraduate programs: the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the PAFA/Penn BFA degree, and
the Four-Year Studio Certificate. All programs offer areas of study in painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking and sculpture.
BFA The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program pairs demanding studio training with a creatively focused liberal arts education to meet each student’s unique interests. A four-year program, the PAFA BFA enhances artistic skill and personal expression with critical thinking using the full scope of the humanities. Taught by experts in academic disciplines, the BFA unifies studio arts and liberal arts with classes specifically tailored to the working artist. The experience enriches the mind, cultivates skill and intellect, and promotes exploration of each student’s artistic calling. Fourth-year students receive a personal studio space and work one-on-one with faculty critics and visiting
artists while developing a mature body of work and studio practice. The program requires 126 credits total, 42 in Liberal Arts and 84 in Studio Arts. The PAFA BFA also welcomes transfer students from a variety of educational backgrounds, as well as the range of skills and experiences they bring. Whether you are coming from a two- or four-year institution, every effort is made to maximize transfer credits of all students who join the program.
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PAFA / PENN BFA Since 1929, the coordinated Bachelor of Fine Arts program with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has paired PAFA’s renowned fine arts studio training with an Ivy League liberal arts degree from one of the country’s oldest and finest universities. The program provides a unique opportunity for fine arts students to pursue their artistic passions as well as their intellectual interests. They receive the best studio training at PAFA, as well as rigorous liberal arts coursework at Penn, where they have access to a vast array of hundreds of courses in more than 50 areas of study, taught throughout the School of Arts and Sciences and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Students have three years at PAFA, beginning with an intensive First Year Program in which they learn skills by working in a variety of two- and three-dimensional methods of art making. As students progress through the curriculum they experiment and explore their own independent interests, with their coursework at Penn informing and inf luencing their studio practice and development at PAFA. In their final year they are given a personal studio where they learn to develop their artistic practice. This year culminates in participation in the Annual Student Exhibition held in PAFA’s museum galleries. The PAFA/Penn BFA requires students to complete three years of studio work at PAFA and 16 classes at Penn including four in art history and 12 classes in any combination of liberal arts electives that deepen and broaden their engagement S h a w n a M o u l t o n ( B FA ‘ 1 6)
with ideas and practices most meaningful to them.
CERTIFIC ATE The Four-Year Studio Certificate is a complete immersion in fine arts. It is the ideal program for students of any age or experience level who want a rigorous program exclusively devoted to art making. A 120 credit education, the Certificate is PAFA’s oldest program. It is comprehensive creative training centered in painting, illustration, drawing, sculpture and printmaking that provides students with two years in their own personal studio and allows them to exhibit in the Annual Student Exhibition in both their third and fouth years. It is a demanding and intense process of self-discovery for those with the goal of becoming a practicing studio artist. Inspired by a rich heritage of serious artistic achievement, the Certificate is grounded in foundational skills and working with master artist-instructors to develop your own style and direction as an artist. The Certificate program gives depth and dimension to the act of making art and nurturing personal expression. Each artist cultivates a fluency in a visual language by becoming part of PAFA’s vibrant community of working artists and our renowned history of artistic accomplishment. For each artist, tradition emerges as a fresh set of challenges. In this program, students learn to embrace the artistic struggle, which they come to see as offering glimmers of success in disguise.
ARE A S OF S TUDY The Painting program encourages imagination and creativity through skills-based training and critical and aesthetic understanding. Students explore themes in observational painting, classical representation, abstraction and conceptual approaches through a wide variety of classes that include still-life, landscape, figure painting, and non-representational modes of working. As they move through the program, students are encouraged to develop their own voice and personal interests. At the advanced level, all students receive a private studio and work with personal mentors and critics. Drawing is every artist’s first foray into a life of creativity. At PAFA, drawing encompasses all of our programs. It is the common language for all art disciplines and aesthetic philosophies, serving as the central foundation for every student’s creative journey and fostering unique ways to see and express personal ideas. Drawing is encouraged at every stage, including figure drawing, still life, landscape and abstract approaches using a wide range of drawing media. Drawing embraces many styles and many media, from sharp-edged renderings of natural forms to highly conceptual combinations of text and image. Technical abilities and a deep appreciation of drawing as a visual language are encouraged at all levels. The Illustration program connects PAFA’s strong fine arts traditions with a focus on empowering students to succeed
as both creators and entrepreneurs. Illustration students develop skills in storytelling, visual communication and entrepreneurship. Their training includes building strong foundational skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking—a core PAFA philosophy that has launched generations of PAFA artists and illustrators from Maxfield Parrish and Violet Oakley to Don Martin and Kate Samworth. This dynamic program also connects students to established illustration professionals through lectures, hands-on critiques, demonstrations, and workshops. Printmaking students gain mastery in woodcut and relief printmaking, etching, drypoint and other intaglio processes, plate and stone lithography and the arts of silkscreen, letterpress, book arts and digital media. The printmaking program is structured to provide highly personalized attention to each artist through individual and group mentoring, classes and critiques. Instruction includes both color and black-and-white techniques and provides advanced courses for in-depth experience and specialized technical training with printmaking methods. Beyond the technical skills, PAFA also emphasizes
professional skills including lessons on how to create an artist’s resume, digital documentation and artist’s statements, and how to make effective presentations. The Sculpture program embraces contemporary and classical approaches across a broad range of art making—from traditional figurative sculpture to video and installation art. Students receive hands-on training from PAFA’s talented sculpture faculty about tools, materials, and techniques of sculptural composition and fabrication, figure modeling and carving, bronze casting, woodcarving, welding, plaster casting, foundry, and site-specific sculpture. Students learn anatomy, sculpt the figure from the model, and cast their sculpture in the bronze foundry. Advanced courses offer guidance on getting commissions and creating public sculpture. Students receive private studios as well as access to large common studios and excellent sculpture shops and tools.
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Visiting Critics Program One of the key components of PAFA’s graduate programs,
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the Visiting Critics Program brings a roster of distinguished artists to campus three times each semester for one-on-one
There are three options for graduate study at PAFA: the Master of Fine Arts program, the Low-Residency Master of
discussions with students about their work. This experience
Fine Arts program, and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program.
provides an invaluable opportunity for students to receive in-studio feedback on their work as it develops. Current and past artists in the Visiting Critics Program include Colleen Asper, Katherine Bradford, Charles Burwell, Sharon Butler, David Cohen, Vincent Desiderio, Abigail Deville,
All three programs are interdisciplinary in nature and focus on individual artistic development. Studio practice is at the core of the PAFA curriculum and students work in a variety of media and pursue a wide range of interests. Students are encouraged to be independent, self-motivated, and open to new opportunities that arise from the process of research and making. Students’ individualized work is supported by studio and seminar courses and individual and group critique
Hope Gangloff, Daniel Heyman, James Hyde, Gillian Jagger, Titus Kaphar, Marie Lorenz, Virgil Marti, Jennifer Packer, Claire Sherman, and Mika Tajima.
MFA The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program provides an intensive, two-year, on-campus experience. Through seminars, studio classes, critiques, and visiting artist lectures, students are exposed to diverse viewpoints and multiple approaches to art making. Students are supported and challenged by their peers and faculty, and become independent thinkers and
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makers who are active members of their artistic communities. The MFA program offers seminars in theory, contemporary art, writing and professional practices. Students also enroll in studio classes with a range of topics that include: figure drawing, contemporary themes in painting, and video. In addition, students have the option of taking an array of undergraduate courses from mold-making to landscape painting. PAFA is a school that cares deeply about how things are made as well as the ideas behind them. The graduate curriculum is structured to help students improve their abilities to see and make while broadening and deepening their conceptual framework and skills to discuss and write about art. While the first year of the MFA program is a time of experimentation, in the second year students begin to focus towards a body of work that constitutes their thesis. The program of study culminates in an exhibition of thesis work within the museum galleries of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. A select group of MFAs are also chosen each year to show their work in a gallery exhibition in New York City.
DIDIER WILLIAM Chair, MFA Programs Didier William’s artistic practice connects with the deep traditions of painting, drawing, printmaking and figuration at PAFA. In his own work, he explores issues of personal and collective identities with a deep commitment to object making and a fluid engagement with materials, process and ideas.
“Tradition need not be threatened by new dialogues and unconventional or perhaps even un-nameable form.”
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LOW-RESIDENC Y MFA The Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program is the ideal program for students who desire the community, support and rigor of PAFA’s traditional MFA but want a more flexible structure to fit their lives and schedules. Similar to PAFA’s
traditional MFA, the Low-Residency program is interdisciplinary and focuses on individualized studio work. The Low-Res MFA consists of both on-site and off-site learning. The core of the program is three summer terms completed on the PAFA campus. For these intensive, eight-week sessions, students have their own private studio and are
engaged in independent work. Individual studio research is complemented by seminar courses, regular visits with faculty, group critiques, and an outstanding roster of visiting artists. During the fall and spring terms, students are off-site, and supported by a vital online community with critic meetings and courses in art history, contemporary art, theory, writing and professional practices.
Key to the summer sessions is PAFA’s location in the heart of Philadelphia. Seminars connect students with museums, galleries and artists’ studios. Philadelphia’s proximity to New York and Washington D.C. allows for day trips to see even more. The online component of the program ensures that students are always connected to their community of peers and faculty, and receive continual feedback and support for their work.
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The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graduate Studies (Post-Bacc) is a rigorous, yet supportive, year-long art making
experience that combines graduate-level instruction and focused faculty interaction. PAFA’s Post-Bacc is designed to suit a wide variety of students, including those who seek to develop their work in preparation for an MFA program, artists with an undergraduate degree outside of studio art, and individuals who purely wish to immerse themselves in studio practice. The program draws students from a variety of backgrounds, and combines studio and seminar coursework with an intimate faculty-critique structure. All Post-Bacc students receive a personal studio studio and have close interaction with both MFA and undergraduate students. The Post-Bacc program addresses students’ individual needs, helping them develop their work and achieve their artistic goals.
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Faculty & Visiting Artists
FACULT Y The relationships you develop while working at PAFA will enrich your life and your art. The low faculty-to-student ratio and one-on-one mentoring is our trademark. Our faculty’s diverse skill sets, from artists working in traditional modes to those working in new media expose students to a vast range of opinions, artistic expertise, and individual artists’ points of view. All faculty members at PAFA are working artists, many with studios near or on campus, so they are in a unique position to understand and nurture students. Many members of our faculty are themselves PAFA alumni,
dedicated to giving back to the emerging young artists of their alma mater. Visit pafa.edu/faculty for a complete list. Among the many professional practicing artists who make up our faculty are: Jessica Abel | Jan Baltzell | Astrid Bowlby | Anthony Ciambella | Patrick Connors | Tom Csaszar
David Dempewolf | Vincent Desiderio | Steven and Billy Dufala | Renee Foulks | Michael Gallagher
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Neysa Grassi | Albert Gury | John Horn | Clint Jukkala | Jennifer Kabat | Alex Kanevsky | Joshua Koffman E.B. Lewis | Douglas Martenson | Dan Miller | Kate Moran | Steven Nocella | Scott Noel | Roberto Osti Sarah Peters | Jody Pinto | Kevin Richards | Robert Roesch | Anthony Rosati | Jill Rupinski | Bruce Samuelson Stuart Shils | Patricia Traub | Peter Van Dyck | Didier William | Ron Wyffels
VISITING ARTIS TS The student-run Visiting Artists Program selects and invites a wide variety of national and international emerging artists to the school, creating connections that can propel and inspire an artistic career. Visiting artists not only lecture but also spend one-on-one time with PAFA students and critique their work, allowing an unparalleled experience of interacting with established artists. Recent visiting artists include: Njideka Akunyili Crosby | Alejandro Almanza Pereda | Ellen Altfest | Gideon Bok | Katherine Bradford Martha Clippinger | Sue Coe | Susanna Coffey | Ann Craven | Alex Da Corte | Matthew Deleget | Mark Dion Natalie Frank | Chie Fueki | Chitra Ganesh | Judy Gelles | Brad Greenwood | Peter Halley | Josephine Halvorson
Hillary Harkness | Anne Harris | Richard Harrod | Orit Hofshi | Jane Irish | Titus Kaphar | Kurt Kauper Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley | Anne Lindberg | Marie Lorenz | Sharon Louden | Justin Matherly Laurel Nakadate | Alex Paik | Lynn Palewicz | Gary Panter | Stephanie Pierce | Hanneline Rogenberg Rachel Rose | Heather Rowe | Peter Saul | Claire Sherman | Jean Shin | Shelley Spector | Rob Swainston R.L. Tillman | Nicola Tyson | Phoebe Washburn | Hilary Wilder | Jerome Witkin | Saya Woolfalk Alexi Worth | Andrzej Zielinski Programming throughout the year further enriches the role played by visiting artists in academic life. The Fourth Wall—a program created by graduate faculty critics—allows graduate students to see their work critiqued anonymously
by contemporary art professionals, while The Review Panel brings Artcritical’s David Cohen together with a group of distinguished critics to discuss exhibitions on view in Philadelphia. The museum’s Art at Lunch series presents another opportunity to hear artists speak and sign up for studio visits.
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PAFA is a rare combination of art school and museum. It’s a place where you can look at your favorite piece in the collection and then go to your own studio inspired to work. It’s a place where you can you can meet the artists who are exhibiting in the galleries and even take a class with one of PAFA’s curators. It’s a place where you can set up your easel and paint from a masterwork in the museum. Having the museum as part of everyday academic life means that from your first day here, you’ll develop your work in the context of our collections. Our galleries house a chronological survey of American art from the Colonial period to the 21st century with an emphasis on the balance between historic and contemporary. PAFA’s collecting tradition includes works from modern and contemporary American artists such as Richard Diebenkorn,
Alex Katz, Kehinde Wiley, Philip Pearlstein, Bill Viola, Louise Bourgeois, Mickalene Thomas, and Jacob Lawrence. The collection also holds masterpieces from distinguished PAFA alumni Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Maxfield Parrish, and David Lynch, among others. And our ever-growing collection of work by emerging artists includes our very own students: Every spring semester concludes with acquisitions of student work purchased for the museum’s permanent collection. Want to see work that’s not currently being exhibited? PAFA’s breathtaking permanent collection is at our students’ fingertips, digitally through the The Albert M. Greenfield American Art Resource Online and up close in our incredible museum storage vaults. Delve deep into the lives of American artists of the past and present through our large collection of works on paper, rare books, and other archival materials for class work or independent research. Two beautiful buildings are shared by both the museum and the school. Both the Historic Landmark Building and the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building offer the PAFA student a constant source of inspiration through visiting speakers and special exhibitions setting up shop alongside our permanent collection. The Morris Gallery series, for example, has for 30 years shown work by inf luential living artists including Robert Ryman, Vik Muniz, Nan Goldin, Laylah Ali, Virgil Marti, and many others. For a full list of our collections, galleries and exhibits, visit pafa.org/museum.
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HIS TORIC L ANDM ARK BUILDING The heart and soul of PAFA is located in the Historic Landmark Building. Built in 1876, Frank Furness’ iconic “factory for art” is considered a work of art in its own right. Inside you’ll find our celebrated collection of American works, alongside our new acquisitions and our contemporary exhibition series held in the Morris Gallery. The building is also home to the historic drawing and painting studios used by Thomas Eakins, and the beloved Cast Hall where students and alums have been working from plaster casts of ancient and classical sculptures since the 1800s. In the Historic Landmark Building you can feel the lineage in the air. Your voice lowers. You step softly. There is a perceptible patina of tradition in everything you touch and see. Students know they are a part of a legacy of excellence and it shapes their work. They cherish the experience of working in the Historic Landmark Building and often return to the rooms in which they first honed their skills to be inspired and to stay grounded as their work evolves.
S A MUEL M .V. HA MILTON BUILDING PAFA’s nerve center is the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. The former home to an automobile factory and showroom, the Hamilton Building is 11 elegant stories of clean lines, glass and metal, with high ceilings and cascading light. The Hamilton Building is home to academic offices, more than 200 private student studios, classrooms, museum and studio facilities as well as a new f loor with digital labs, illustration classrooms, and library, complete with picture perfect views of the Historic Landmark Building and the city of Philadelphia all around us. It is also the site for PAFA’s museum archives and the Center for the Study of the American Artist. Our studio facilities in the Hamilton Building are extraordinary and include a large print shop; wood, metal and plaster studios; and a seventh-f loor foundry for bronze work. PAFA provides studio working space to all advanced students and fourth-year BFA students to produce an independent
body of work under the close mentorship of faculty and critics. Private individual studio work is at the heart of the curriculum at PAFA, and the one-on-one supervision and nurturing is integral to the developing life of an artist. The large museum galleries of the Hamilton Building are home to our Annual Student Exhibition, as well as outstanding exhibitions such as Jennifer Bartlett, Eric Fischl, Chuck Close, and Norman Lewis. On the building’s lower level you’ll find
Gallery 128, which features dynamic exhibitions of work year-round from our undergraduate and graduate students. PAFA’s Tableau café on the first f loor opens up to Lenfest Plaza, which unifies the campus. Here, beyond the gallery walls, you’ll find a sunny open space where students relax and socialize beneath contemporary works by Claes Oldenburg
and alum Jordan Griska.
Professor, Painting and Drawing programs Scott Noel began teaching and exhibiting in Philadelphia in 1980, and since that time he has mounted over 30 major solo exhibitions at galleries, universities and museums. He also has curated exhibitions for museums including PAFA, and has also written catalog essays for both peers and forebears.
â€œTeaching in a school with a 200year history and a rich, anarchic blend of contemporary perspectives has given me the opportunity to advocate for the larger stakes of art outside the local obsessions of observational painting.â€?
The Annual Student Exhibition A PAFA tradition for over a century, the Annual Student Exhibition is the crown jewel in the journey of a PAFA student. Highly anticipated by the art community, this event is unmatched in its outreach and energy.
“Being able to show in such an amazing space provided me with some unique
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challenges and opportunities that I would
Every spring, the museum’s exhibition galleries are cleared to make room for the Annual Student Exhibition (ASE).
not have had this early in my career
It’s the capstone of a PAFA education and an opportunity for student artists to make their professional debut in a
otherwise. I learned everything I could
major American museum – an advantage no other school can offer.
from PAFA’s gallery team and museum
As a student, everything is building up to the ASE. Every year, over one thousand works by graduating students are
staff throughout the process.”
hung in an event that has been of national importance since the nineteenth century. It is an experience like no other. An exhibition and sale, the ASE also serves as a competition for dozens of distinguished prizes, and awards. The winner
of the Caldwell Purchase Prize has a work selected for purchase by the museum and inclusion in PAFA’s permanent
–Ruthie Iglesias (MFA ’15)
collection, while travel scholarships provide winners the chance to explore the art and architecture of other cultures. In many ways, the ASE represents everything art training at PAFA stands for. It’s the chance to see work professionally hung in a museum setting with a real art world audience. Students and graduates meet with curators, museum professionals,
gallery owners, collectors, patrons, and alumni as the public rushes in to see what the buzz is about. It’s the culmination of dedication, hard work, tremendous personal growth, and a chance to gauge the art world’s reaction to the work of PAFA’s emerging artists.
Open Studio Night, another PAFA rite of passage, happens three months before the ASE. For this one night each year, PAFA students open their studios to the public. Messy workspaces are tidied up, works in progress are displayed, and PAFA’s talented emerging artists welcome hundreds of enthusiastic visitors to view and discuss their work.
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OMID SHEKARI MFA ‘16 As an international student from Iran, Omid Shekari received a full scholarship to PAFA, where he furthered his artistic development by exploring new techniques and subject matter.
While still a student, his work was chosen for an MFA Biennial at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and for the permanent collections of both PAFA and the Woodmere Art Museum.
“I paint in the hope of capturing stories which speak globally about how force, violence, and pressure determine the
rhythms and laws of power within human experience.”
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SARAH PETERS Assistant Professor, Sculpture program Sarah Peters, a PAFA professor and graduate, creates figurative sculpture that she calls “contemporary misinterpretation.” Her work has been in many prestigious solo and two-person exhibitions, and her honors and awards include a NYFA grant and a Kohler residency.
Peters says her work “has a visual echo in the contemporary world. ... However the meanings have changed or become oblique signifiers.”
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ART IN THE FA M I LY ALUMNI eing a part of the community at PAFA is a membership into a distinguished and f lourishing network. Every year the size of the family grows and the connections deepen. The trajectories of alumni serve as road maps for graduating students ready to set off on their own course and as a playbook for those students
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visible events in the museum. Our alumni are active in both the
phiaâ€™s vibrant art culture. PAFA offers alumni opportunities to show and sell their art in the gallery, and gain exposure to the museum-going public, art collectors and other gallery owners and directors. Students also have the resources of the Alumni Association, which currently includes more than 7,000 members, to use for seeking new opportunities and relationships.
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here’s no better place to be an artist than Philadelphia. Ask PAFA students about their most loved classes or favorite works of art, about their inspirations, and the conversation will undoubtedly extend to the museums, architecture, and vibrant neighborhoods within a short walk or bike ride of campus. You might pick up tips about a stylish local artisan’s new shop or hear about a memorable dinner with foodie friends. Our students see their PAFA experience as the foundation of a vibrant life that binds them to the culture of the city. PAFA is located just steps from the convergence of Broad Street — the Avenue of the Arts — and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, famed for its museums and outdoor sculptures. Philadelphia has more public art than any other American city, and it’s home to the first art school and museum in the nation: PAFA. It’s no wonder our students consider the city of Philadelphia an integral part of their fine arts education. Now more than ever, young artists are choosing Philadelphia as their home, thanks to the city’s status as an affordable and exciting East Coast hub for a burgeoning creative class. Many PAFA alumni have opened their own gallery spaces in the city, including Automat and Traction Company, showcasing
the work of their former PAFA classmates and other emerging Philadelphia artists. From museums visited by millions every year to pop-up art spaces meant to last for an evening, inspiration is always nearby. Joining PAFA’s own museum are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Barnes Foundation, and the Rodin Museum. On the First Friday of each month, the galleries of Old City and beyond open their doors for an evening of opening receptions, music, festivities, and socializing. Creative epicenters abound in West and South Philadelphia, Chinatown, Northern Liberties and Fishtown, where artist collectives, galleries, studios and nightlife are surrounded by the city’s thriving local music scene. Philadelphia’s identity has been shaped by a love of the arts, a dedication to craftsmanship, and a connection to community.
PAFA’s proximity as an urban campus stands out within the city and beyond. With New York City and Washington, D.C. readily reachable by bus and train, PAFA students have the art world at their fingertips.
HOUSING PAFA offers affiliated housing for students three blocks from campus in a furnished apartment-style residence hall. Stiles Hall houses both undergraduate and graduate students with two floors exclusively reserved for PAFA students. Stiles Hall is an amenity-rich community with apartments that have plenty of space for living comfortably and working on take-home art projects.
Students also can find an abundance of reasonably priced accommodations throughout a city rich with beautiful architecture, tree-lined streets, and cozy cafes. Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, all of which offer a wide variety of housing options. The city features a robust system of subways, buses and trolleys that make it easy to get to PAFA from locations across the city. The city also boasts a large network of dedicated bike lanes and an enormously popular bikeshare program, earning the city widespread recognition as one of the most bicycle-friendly in the country. PAFA’s location at the heart of a very walkable city makes many destinations easily reachable on foot as well. The Office of Student Services also helps provide guidance and resources for students as they explore housing options and navigate the process of settling into the city as their new home.
S TUDENT LIFE PAFA is known for a close-knit community of artists, so you’ll have no shortage of creative people with whom to explore
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the countless opportunities offered by the vibrant and active cultural communities all over Philadelphia. Students spend
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inspired, and collaborating when insight is needed. Our faculty,
a full and varied schedule of programs and activities to keep students engaged outside the classroom as well.
students, alumni, and visiting critics comprise a community of working artists and an environment of mutual respect and
Whether you enjoy indie films, visiting artist lectures, bus trips to New York and Washington D.C., outdoor recreation, student exhibitions, or yoga, there are plenty of student- and school-organized programs to balance the rigorous academic
experience that’s a hallmark of a PAFA education. Student coffee hours, rotating exhibitions on our studio floors, the annual Holiday Print Sale, Open Studio Night, and Sunday painting sessions bring students and faculty together for conversation, relaxation and plenty of inspiration.
learning. This is where you will meet some of the people that will inf luence your artistic decisions for the rest of your life. No matter what your program or focus, you have the opportunity to create artwork that will transform you and impact the world you live in.
Our airy and bright cafe, Tableau, is a natural meeting spot for students to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the sunshine on Lenfest Plaza. On the 11th floor of the Hamilton Building, a spacious lounge with plenty of comfortable couches is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some quiet time.
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C AREER SERVICES The Office of Career Services supports our students at all stages of career-building, from seeking internships to first jobs
after graduation. Lectures, panels, and workshops happen year-round, offering insight on résumé building, residencies, grant writing, and crucial business aspects of the art world. PAFA’s Fine Arts Venture Fund allows students to engage in a grantseeking process in which they develop a unique art project, write a grant proposal and, for the semifinalists in the process, present their work to funders. These initiatives and activities work as a supplement to the unparalleled fine art instruction students receive at PAFA, and provide all of the valuable tools students need to graduate to a variety of successful professions. While our primary goal is to train students as professional, working artists, an education at PAFA can equip you for careers
in teaching, gallery operation, arts administration, museum studies, conservation and preparation, design, illustration, and art fabrication. Additionally, because PAFA emphasizes both technical skill and mature conceptual expression, our students are exceptionally well prepared for graduate-level programs.
SCHOL ARSHIP S & FINANCIAL AID PAFA awards more than $4 million in prizes and scholarships annually. Each year, nearly every incoming student who demonstrates artistic and academic excellence and/or financial need will receive some form of scholarship or grant. PAFA offers several full-tuition scholarships, as well as scholarships that pay for domestic or international travel, an award to help advanced and graduating students to launch their careers, and partial scholarships for community college students, transfer students, international students and many more. PAFA also has annual purchase prize awards, in which extraordinary student work is purchased for the museum’s permanent collection. Conscious of the financial challenges students face, we strive to keep our tuition competitive – PAFA tuition is between $5,000 and $10,000 less than our peer institutions – and support our students financially. We are committed to investing in our exceptional community of students through scholarships and by helping students and families discover the financial support that is available. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is committed to an environment which welcomes and encourages members of all diverse groups to apply to our programs of study. PAFA provides equal opportunity to all students and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a veteran.
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Consider visiting one of the school’s major events, such as an Open Studio Night, artist talk, Open House, or the Annual Student Exhibition for a true glimpse into PAFA. The Office of Admissions is here to assist you in learning more about our faculty, facilities, and students. We offer individual and group tours of the School and our historic Cast Hall. We also offer portfolio reviews for applicants to all programs, which provide prospective students with
guidance on how to create a portfolio, in general, as well as how to submit a portfolio to PAFA that will enhance your merit scholarship opportunity. Daily tours and portfolio reviews are available; schedule yours to learn more about
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the inf luence of architect Frank Furness is around every turn. The lettering and ornaments that adorn this publication are all
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custom designs based on the late-Victorian and Gothic architecture of the Historic Landmark Building. The engraved stone lettering
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