Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Creatively Speaking
2:27 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

PAFA Celebrates African American Art

Alma Woodsey Thomas, WIND AND FLOWERS, 1973, watercolor on paper, 14 1/2 x 18 in, The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts now has a two-part exhibition of works on paper by African American artists. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the works on view represent a wide range of explorations in this medium.

In his essay "Of Our Spiritual Strivings," the great academic and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois argued that true equality for African Americans would ultimately have to also include an end to cultural isolation. This latest PAFA exhibition takes its title from that 1903 essay published in Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk.

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Creatively Speaking
10:36 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Painter Benjamin West: A Colonial-Age Art Superstar

Benjamin West in a portrait by Gilbert Stuart, 1783-1784.

Born in 1738 in a village just outside Philadelphia, Benjamin West was one of the first Americans to achieve superstar status on the international art scene.  However, as WRTI’s Jim Cotter Reports, West’s success came not at home, but abroad.

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Creatively Speaking
10:25 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

The Future's Finest Fine Artists

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

This week, America’s oldest art school and museum will - for the 112th time - display the finest work by its newest graduates. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the show is also where "in-the-know" collectors and dealers come to discover the stars of tomorrow.

The 112th Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual Student Exhibition runs through June 2nd.

Creatively Speaking
7:50 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

PAFA Explores The Female Gaze

Faith Ringgold (b. 1930), We Came to America, from the series; "The American Collection," 1997, Painted story quilt, acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border, Gift of Linda Lee Alter
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with PAFA Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art Robert Cozzolino about 'The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World' and its new insights into art and American culture.

Artist Linda Lee Alter began collecting art by women in the mid 1980s after finding a dearth of female artists represented in museums and galleries. She collected a variety of art in different styles and media, and in 2010 donated approximately 500 works to Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Now on view at PAFA, The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World, is an exhibition of nearly 250 works from the collection. 

Be sure to check out a companion exhibition opening at PAFA on Saturday, January 12th: Modern Women at PAFA: From Cassatt to O'Keeffe.

Creatively Speaking
3:50 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Lewis Tanner Moore--Dolce Suono's Pierrot Lunaire--Villanova Theatre's Tina Howe's Museum

Henry Ossawa Tanner, THE BANJO LESSON, 1893

Jim Cotter speaks with Lewis Tanner Moore. The renowned local arts collector is the grand nephew of Henry Ossawa Tanner the subject of a major retrospective at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

David Patrick Stearns previews a Dolce Suono concert featuring Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, one of the most influential pieces of the 20th century.

Creatively Speaking
1:58 pm
Sat October 22, 2011

Phila. Orchestra's Simulcast Concert with Lang Lang--here. at PAFA--Tristin Lowe at PMA

Lunacy, 2010
Tristin Lowe, American (born 1966)
Felt, PVC vinyl inflatable armature Dimensions variable. Commissioned by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to an internationally simulcast Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring the superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang.


Susan Lewis looks at here., a new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exploring the sense of place in the work of artists from?six different U.S. regions.


Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia contemporary artist Tristin Lowe. His Under the Influence, an installation comprised of two interconnected works, goes on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 22nd.

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Creatively Speaking
11:59 am
Sat August 20, 2011

Sculptor Claes Oldenburg--"George Washington"--Composer James MacMillan--Re-beginning, Atwater Kent

A conversation with Claes Oldenburg. The world-renowned sculptor's centerpiece for Lenfest Plaza, the new civic space at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, is being installed on August 20th.

Susan Lewis takes us to two exhibitions at the National Constitution Center that explore "the real" George Washington.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles the Scottish composer James MacMillan.

And we speak with Charles Croce, the CEO of Philadelphia's City Museum - the revamped and renamed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

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Creatively Speaking
4:18 pm
Sat May 7, 2011

Dolce Suono's Mahler 100/ Schoenberg 60 Project--Phila.'s Society Hill Playhouse--Claes Oldenburg

Dolce Suono Ensemble

David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to the first performances in Dolce Suono's two-year long Mahler 100/ Schoenberg 60 Project.

Susan Lewis considers the people and passion behind the long-running Society Hill Playhouse, founded on 8th Street in Philadelphia in 1959.

As work continues on Lenfest Plaza at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, we listen back to an interview with Claes Oldenburg. The world-renowned sculptor is creating a centerpiece for the new civic space.

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News and Views
4:35 pm
Sun December 12, 2010

Narcissus in the Studio: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits at PAFA

Sylvia Fein (b. 1919) Self-Portrait, 1949
Pencil on paper, 19 x 12 1/2 inches
Gift of Sylvia Fein and William Scheuber, 2005.27.1
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Creatively Speaking
1:14 pm
Sat November 27, 2010

Landscape Architect Kim Wilkie--Portraits at PAFA--Art Sleuth Robert Wittman--Baltic Composers

Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944)
Picnic at Bedford Hills, 1918
Oil on canvas, 40 5/16 x 50 1/4 inches
Gift of Ettie Stettheimer, 1950.12
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A conversation with landscape architect Kim Wilkie - the designer of Longwood Gardens' new East Conservatory Plaza.

Susan Lewis considers artists' self portraits and artistic identity with a visit to an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

We speak with Robert Wittman. He writes of his years as head of the FBI's Art-Crime Team in Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures.

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