Looking for the next great American artist?
Art aficionados in Philadelphia know that the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ (PAFA) annual display of the works of its students is worth seeking out.
Both a school and museum of fine art, PAFA trains the next generation and exhibits local and national masters such as Charles Willson Peale (founder of the Academy), Thomas Eakins (who taught at PAFA) and Violet Oakley.
Next month, the school and museum are showcased in the 112th Annual Student Exhibition and Sale, opening May 10. Visual-arts lovers can view and shop nearly 1,450 works by 139 PAFA MFA and BFA students, as well as the third and fourth year students in the school’s certificate program.
For those connoisseurs who can’t wait to see the masterpieces on opening day, there is the preview party hosted by PAFA’s Women’s Board on Thursday, May 9 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the preview party begin at $125, with all proceedings of the event going towards student scholarships.
In addition to showcasing their work — and hopefully selling it — the students in the exhibit compete for more than $170,000 in prizes and scholarships. Prior winners include Orit Hofshi, Billy Blaise Dufala of the Dufala Brothers, and the late Ellen Powell-Tiberino.
112th Annual Student Exhibition
When: May 10-June 2; Preview, May 9
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad Street
Cost: Free with museum admission
More info: www.pafa.org