The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


The Grand Staircase/ H. Novak

My godmother and I explored the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).

Two exhibits in particular that will interest BMC students:


Amelia Van Buren with Cat/ Thomas Eakins

Amelia Van Buren with cat/ Thomas Eakins

Thomas Eakins: Photographer, through January 29, 2017

Eakins was born in Philadelphia and served as a member of the faculty of the PAFA. As a faculty member, he championed equal access for women in the fields of art and anatomy education. The exhibit displays not only his photographs but also his paintings and reliefs.





Up the stairs/ H. Novak


Down the hall/ H. Novak


Women’s Work (this is part of the main collection) IMG_3871

This gallery raises questions about women’s work and its significance through paintings of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.




Student admission is $12


Location: Standing at Dilworth Park (the park in front of City Hall) face the LOVE statue. Walk straight for a couple of blocks. You can’t miss the colossal paint brush at the entrance.


Paintbrush/ H. Novak


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