PAFA presents stu­dent ex­hi­bi­tion

Philadelphia’s Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of the Fine Arts presents stu­dent ex­hi­bi­tion

The Review - - Front Page - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @bri­an­binga­man on Twit­ter

Among the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of the Fine Arts’ fa­mous for­mer stu­dents are Fern Coppedge, Ed­ward Red­field, Wal­ter Bau­mand Daniel Gar­ber.

What celebrity artists of the fu­ture will emerge from the 116th an­nual Stu­dent Ex­hi­bi­tion (ASE) May 12-June 4 in the Sa­muel M.V. Hamil­ton Build­ing at 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia? Find out when the ex­hi­bi­tion opens to the public with a re­cep­tion from 5 to 8 p.m. May 12.

An aca­demic cap­stone, the ASE of­fers PAFA next gen­er­a­tion of artists the op­por­tu­nity to cu­rate, in­stall and sell their own­work in a pro­fes­sional set­ting, and in a ma­jor art gallery. Among the suc­cess­ful artists that can claim to have ac­tu­ally launched their ca­reers at the An­nual Stu­dent Ex­hi­bi­tion are Njideka Akun­y­ili Crosby, Bo Bartlett, Moe Brooker, Barkley Hen­dricks and Sarah McEneaney. Grad­u­ates that have gone on to open their own gal­leries go from Gerry Givnish (The Painted Bride) of the Class of 1969 to Kather­ine Stanek and Deb­o­rah Fine (Stanek Gallery) of the Class of 2015.

This year’s ASE will fea­ture ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 works by 38 grad­u­at­ing masters of fine arts stu­dents, 59 third- and fourthyear cer­tifi­cate and bach- elors of fine arts stu­dents, and eight post-bac­calau­re­ate stu­dents.

Don’t you have tobe an art dealer, or some­thing, to at­tend?

It’s for artists, col­lec­tors, cu­ra­tors, gallery own­ers, and the gen­eral public too. More in­for­ma­tion can be found

How do I get there?

This ought to help: www.­ting-here.

When are the gal­leries open?

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wed­nes­days; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days. One ad­mis­sion cov­ers both the His­toric Land­mark Build­ing and the Sa­muel M.V. Hamil­ton Build­ing. Tick­ets are $15, $12 for se­niors 60+ and stu­dents, $10 for adult groups of 10 or more, $8 for youths 13-18, free to mem­bers and chil­dren 12 and un­der.

Does Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of the Fine Arts do any­thing in par­tic­u­lar to help their stu­dents pre­pare for this?

PAFA’s cur­ricu­lum pre­pares stu­dents for the ASE through stu­dio classes in draw­ing, paint­ing, print mak­ing, sculp­ture and il­lus­tra­tion; cri­tiques from fac­ulty and visiting artists; stu­dent-or­ga­nized ex­hi­bi­tions through­out the aca­demic year; and ASE work­shops on top­ics rang­ing from pric­ing art­work and talk­ing about their work, to plan­ning and in­stalling an ex­hi­bi­tion, as well as art­work man­age­ment prac­tices and cu­ra­tor dis­cus­sions.

“I’ve been re­ally, re­ally ner­vous,” said Jen­nifer Schel­ter, a Delaware County res­i­dent who’s com­pleted a post-bac­calau­re­ate pro­gram. Her oil paint­ings of­ten take on themes that she’s writ­ten about, such as “shoes as a por­trait of a per­son” and the quirks of cats.

“I would re­ally en­cour­age peo­ple to get to talk to the artists, and find out how and why they’re cre­at­ing what they’re cre­at­ing,” Schel­ter said. “Usu­ally what’s on the wall has a deeper in­tri­cate story.”

West Ch­ester res­i­dent Jen­nifer Hartz has an MFA to show for her time at PAFA. “It’s im­por­tant for them to know we have all worked ex­tremely hard ... es­pe­cially for the masters pro­gram. A lot of peo­ple are still ex­per­i­ment­ing, which is good. And this is re­ally mean­ing­ful for a lot of us. Dur­ing my un­der­grad­u­ate, I fell in love with print mak­ing. Now I do mono types. I was look­ing for a way to bring my paint­ing to print mak­ing,” she said.

Hartz’s long-term goal is to open a print mak­ing shop. “I think there’s a need in Ch­ester County. I grew up in a pic­ture fram­ing shop; my fa­ther filled a gap in Ch­ester County

Hail­ing from Bethel Town­ship, Berks County, MFA grad­u­ate Dina Lin­coln’s year of nurs­ing school stud­ies shows up in her art. For ex­am­ple, there’s a se­ries based on scan elec­tron mi­cro­scope im­ages. “I just have a lot of in­ter­est in the hu­man body,” said Lin­coln, who first be­came in­ter­ested in bi­ol­ogy when her fa­ther, an im­mu­nol­o­gist, was part of a med­i­cal team work­ing to­ward the erad­i­ca­tion of small­pox.

An­other theme is “the things I won­der about on a psy­cho­log­i­cal level,” such as nar­cis­sis mand peo­ple re­plac­ing their hu­man mates with ro­bots. “There’s a lot of hu­mor in it, but there’s a se­ri­ous­ness to it too,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Lin­coln, PAFA has made her a bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tor as an art- ist, and more aware of how the brain pro­cesses aes­thet­ics. “This is a great school, and they taught us how to think of our art­work in a more global sense,” said Lin­coln, who hopes to teach art to peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced a trau­matic event.

What else can you tell me about PAFA?

Founded in 1805, the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of the Fine Arts is Amer­ica’s first school of fine arts. A re­cip­i­ent of the 2005 Na­tional Medal of Arts, PAFA is also a mu­seum with a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can art.


The 115th an­nual Stu­dent Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of Fine Arts was held in 2016.

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