Contributed by Alexander Till, Associate Registrar The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art’s collection, which includes artworks in various media—from painting and sculpture to media art arts and photographs—reveals key aspects of America’s rich artistic history. In recent years, the museum has made a concerted effort to build its collection by acquiring works by underrepresented… Read More New Year, New Acquisitions!
Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives, and Barbara Katus, Manager of Imaging Services Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) was an English photographer who is considered the father of motion picture because of his photographic studies of animal motion. His pivotal work in the development and evolution of motion picture began in 1872. Muybridge was hired by Leland Stanford, the California… Read More New Digital Collection – Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion study
Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives On behalf of the Museum Team, we wish everyone a very happy holiday season! This past week, PAFA staff and faculty came together for our annual holiday party celebrating over food, music, and prizes! Three members of the museum team (Mark Knobelsdorf, Barbara Katus, and myself) were among… Read More Happy Holidays!
Contributed by Hoang Tran, Director of Archives PAFA Alumna Njideka Akunyili Crosby was announced as one of the winners of the prestigious 2017 MacArthur Fellowship, otherwise known as the “Genius Grant.” In honor of the award, PAFA has hung her monumental two panel work, I Always Face You, Even When it Seems Otherwise. Now on View in the… Read More The “Genius” Alumna
Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives PAFA’s collection of prints, drawings, miniatures, photographs, sketchbooks, and illustrated books contains over 13,000 American works on paper, dating from the 18th century to the present day. Works of art on paper are by nature delicate objects that can be irreparably damaged from cumulative exposure to light. As… Read More Critical Observation // Art Appreciation
Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ (PAFA) Dorothy & Kenneth Woodcock Archives is excited to announce the public beta launch of its new online Digital Archives. With the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Archives was able to develop a comprehensive… Read More IMLS Project Update: PAFA’s New Digital Archive
Contributed by: Tess Amram, IMLS Project Archivist I want to wrap up by extending my thanks to IMLS for the grant that made this project possible. Overall, I’m incredibly proud of the work I did here at PAFA, and there are so many images that I can’t wait to send to people to discuss, once… Read More IMLS Project Update: That’s a wrap!
The Center for the Study of the American Artist would like to welcome all new students to PAFA and welcome back all returning students. Whether you are just starting or finishing up, be sure to take advantage of the Center’s services in the year ahead. Much like the amazing PAFA Faculty, the Museum staff are also… Read More Welcome Back Students!
Contributed by: Tess Amram, IMLS Project Archivist The cataloging and metadata assignation portion of this project was the facet most relevant to my immediate career goals – I’m aiming for a career in cataloging, and I applied for this job in large part because it would expose me to cataloging standards I hadn’t yet had… Read More IMLS Project Update: Lessons Learned (Cataloging and Metadata)
Contributed by: Tess Amram, IMLS Project Archivist So many lessons learned from this project about digitization! I came into it a complete novice to the practice, and over 3500 images later, I think I’ve got a handle on the basics, at least. I’d only ever used a scanner for text-based documents and the occasional photograph,… Read More IMLS Project Update: Lessons Learned (Digitization)