New Digital Collection – School Class photograph collection

Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives The Dorothy and Kenneth Woodcock Archives is happy to announce that the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ School photograph collection has been fully digitized and available online on PAFA’s Digital Archives. As America’s first fine art school, we are proud to provide students and artists an intense immersion in art-making… Read More New Digital Collection – School Class photograph collection

Annual Archivist Conference: Archives*Records

Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives The Society of American Archivists (SAA) joined the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) for a joint Annual Conference held in Washington, DC. The joint conference brought together record breaking attendance at the historic Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. With all the information professionals… Read More Annual Archivist Conference: Archives*Records

Newly processed collection: Hyman Myers, Historic Landmark Building renovation project files

Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives We are pleased to announce that the Hyman Myers, Historic Landmark Building renovation project files are open and available for research. This collection provides an in-depth look at PAFA’s 1970s renovation of it’s Historic Landmark Building designed by Frank Furness and George Hewitt. Myers was the project lead for the renovation… Read More Newly processed collection: Hyman Myers, Historic Landmark Building renovation project files

Emergency Preparedness is a Team Effort!

Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives Preparing for a disaster is one of the most important things a museum can do to safeguard collections. Preparation ensures the museum has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to fulfill its role as stewards of collections. On May 16, 2018, Alex Till, Liz McDermott, and myself attended the… Read More Emergency Preparedness is a Team Effort!

Helping our old neighbor, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives Many people may not know that PAFA was originally located in another section of Philadelphia. More specifically, in Philadelphia’s Market East neighborhood on Chestnut St. between 10th and 11th streets. The neighborhood has dramatically changed since the early-mid 19th century but one of our neighbors remains to this… Read More Helping our old neighbor, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

#Flashback Friday – Alumni Spotlight: Donald Erik Chandler

Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives Donald Erik Chandler (1922-2005) was a creative artist who had a long professional career creating some of America’s most iconic characters. Before becoming an artist, Chandler proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II. After he was honorably discharged on December 18, 1945, he applied… Read More #Flashback Friday – Alumni Spotlight: Donald Erik Chandler

Museum Techniques – Transporting Art

Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives Continuing the blog series on museum techniques, today’s topic is about housing and the transportation of art. It all started a few months ago when three curators from the Library Company of Philadelphia visited the Center to conduct research on their upcoming exhibition, William Birch, Ingenious Artist opening… Read More Museum Techniques – Transporting Art

New Digital Collection – Annual Watercolor Exhibition photograph collection

Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives The Dorothy and Kenneth Woodcock Archives is happy to announce that the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Annual Watercolor Exhibition photograph collection has been digitized and available online on PAFA’s Digital Archives. Until 1903 the annual exhibitions included oils, watercolors, prints, drawings, and sculpture. In 1904 watercolors, prints, and drawings were segregated… Read More New Digital Collection – Annual Watercolor Exhibition photograph collection

Print Nation – Printing Your Protest

Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives PAFA recently acquired a new suite of Guerrilla Girls posters. The posters are widely known for their poignant, surprising and often funny projects unpacking and bringing to light gender inequities in the art world for the last three decades. Upon hearing about this new acquisition,  Print Nation, PAFA’s student-run printmaking… Read More Print Nation – Printing Your Protest

America’s First Academy

Contributed by Liz McDermott, Conservation Technician PAFA’s Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works of Art on Paper Conservation Studio is a dedicated space used to perform important preservation and exhibition related activities. From properly housing works of art on paper for storage to preparing works for exhibitions and loans, the Conservation Studio plays a vital… Read More America’s First Academy