Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is a museum and private art school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1805 and is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States. The academy's museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, certificate programs, and continuing education.
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  • There are two sections to this museum. The modern side and the classic side. The modern side is as expected. A lot of drawing, photography, experimentation. The classic side is also to be... 
    There are two sections to this museum. The modern side and the classic side. The modern side is as expected. A lot of drawing, photography, experimentation. The classic side is also to be...  more »
  • The museum is in two buildings. The larger space has works from fairly recent to hundreds of years old. The other space is connected to the school and (when I was there, at least) has mostly modern... 
    The museum is in two buildings. The larger space has works from fairly recent to hundreds of years old. The other space is connected to the school and (when I was there, at least) has mostly modern...  more »
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  • I took a morning adult education Life Drawing class with Patricia Traub. It lasted for four sessions with the same model in the same pose so it could be explored from all angles. I thoroughly enjoyed and learn quite a bit from Patricia and plan on taking the class again the next time it's offered.
  • What a gem, inside and out! The Landmark Building's Neogothic design is breathtaking, and the permanent collection is thoughtfully curated. I was also very impressed by the student work in the adjacent building. This is my new favorite cultural spot in Philly.

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