Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Photo by David Sigman. Design by Zachary Martin. Courtesy of PAFA. Copyright 2011.
December 21, 2011
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, graduate level painting and drawing classes and seminar courses that emphasize art history, theory, and professional practice. The goal is to provoke and to challenge assumptions; rigorously critique techniques and approaches, constantly stimulate creative thinking, and reformulate ways of making art.


RESIDENT FACULTY CRITICS include Jan Baltzell, Mark Blavat, Tom Csaszar, David Dempleworth, Renee Foulks, Neysa Grassi, Joshua Marsh, Annette Monnier, Kate Moran, Dan Miller, Michael Moore, Eileen Neff, Scott Noel, Bruce Samuelson, Bill Scott, William Pym, Jennie Shanker, Kevin Richards, Dick Torchia, and Michael Gallagher.


VISITING CRITICS include Vincent Desiderio, Katherine Bradford, Gillian Jagger, Virgil Marti, Osvaldo Romberg, Martha Armstrong, Joel Fisher, Denise Green, Daniel Heyman, and Jody Pinto.


RECENT VISITING ARTISTS include Bill Viola, Claes Oldenburg, Kiki Smith, Robert Storr, Odd Nerdrum, Sangram Majumdar, Julie Heffernan and many new and emerging artists, critics and arts professionals.


FACILITIES include private studios in the newly renovated Samuel M. V. Hamilton building, substantial printmaking and sculpture studios, painting and critique studios, exhibition spaces and classrooms. PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building houses our famous collection of antique casts and our permanent collection of American art.


MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS of contemporary artists include Peter Saul, Roxana Perez-Mendez, Tom LaDuke, George Tooker, Barkley Hendricks, Sidney Goodman, and Elizabeth Osborne.  Shows like Urbanism, Philagraphika and HERE expose students to nationally recognized emerging and established art and artists. Recent acquisitions include Bill Viola’s Ocean Without a Shore and Claes Oldenburg’s monumental Paint Torch.


EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES and Museum purchases of Alumni work include PAFA alumnus Jordan Griska’s Grumman Greenhouse and our huge Annual Student Exhibition, which attracts 11,000 visitors a year to see the work of our graduates.


PHILADELPHIA is a major arts community, with dozens of museums and public galleries including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Foundation, a thriving gallery scene, arts districts and many cultural events.


MFA Application Deadline // February 1
Post Bac Application Deadline // April 2 


Office of Admissions // 215.972.7625 // [email protected]//



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