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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is the nation’s first Museum and School of Fine Arts and provides a thrilling cultural experience through the rare combination of spectacular galleries housing a world-class collection of American art, an internationally known School of Fine Arts, and widely accessible public programs. PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building was designed by Frank Furness in 1876 and provides an ornate, Gothic setting for the Museum’s permanent collection of American art from the 1760s to the present. The Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, which opened in 2005, houses a changing roster of special exhibitions and contemporary art displays. Lenfest Plaza, an inviting civic space, connects the two buildings and features Claes Oldenburg’s soaring “Paint Torch” (2011) sculpture, as well as temporary installations by emerging and established artists. PAFA’s School of Fine Arts attracts some of the most committed and promising art students from across the country and around the globe to study painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture with a distinguished faculty of working artists.