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Join PAFA This Fall for a Unique and Flexible Art-School Experience

April 14, 2021


The Annual Student Exhibition is an academic capstone event offering PAFA’s emerging artists the opportunity to curate, install, and sell their own work in America’s first art museum. All images © PAFA

100% of students receive merit scholarships; Fall ’21 applications are open

Finding an art college that best fits your desires and wallet can be challenging. Studio arts training should provide the foundational skills, intellectual context, discipline, and creativity needed for a lifelong pursuit of making art. An art-school experience that supports student development through curriculum, highly-mentored education, training in the business of being an artist, and access to a world-class museum sounds like an unattainable dream. Adding financial support and flexibility to the list makes it seem impossible. Making the impossible possible for student-artists is the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) mission.

PAFA educates artists worldwide to be innovative makers and critical thinkers, to cultivate a deep understanding of traditions, and the ability to engage with and to challenge contemporary trends. Fall 2021 will be back in person at PAFA, and rolling admissions means you still have time to join. Several programs and degrees include the PENN BFA (a coordinated Bachelor of Fine Arts with the University of Pennsylvania pairs PAFA’s fine arts studio training with an Ivy League degree from one of the most distinguished universities).

This specialized and unique art college educates the most committed and promising students from around the world. They study animation, drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking, and sculpture with a distinguished faculty of working artists. PAFA’s national prestige, cutting-edge studio and classroom facilities, private studios, a historic cast collection, and the opportunity to exhibit and study in the museum create an incubator for the next generation of artists. PAFA’s close-knit community (a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio) is evident upon meeting admissions counselors and throughout the enrollment process.

100% of PAFA students receive merit scholarships up to $20,000, determined by the quality of a prospective student’s application and portfolio. In addition to the reasonable tuition rates, PAFA offers financial aid and assistance options for eligible students.

Picture Yourself at PAFA

Learn more about the admissions process, request information, schedule a one-on-one information session, and start your application today. Contact the office of admissions at 215-972-7625 or [email protected].


PAFA’s famous cast collections of antique and Renaissance sculpture have been part of the curriculum for nearly 200 years. Technical abilities and a deep appreciation of drawing as a visual language are encouraged at all levels.



Absolut Art Showcases Five Boundary-Breaking Artists to Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 22, 2021


Image courtesy of Absolut Art

Absolut Art is making artworks by some of the world’s most prominent artists more accessible through a collection of limited-edition prints. Ever since The Absolut Company collaborated with Andy Warhol on an iconic ad campaign in 1986, the company has been closely connected with creative voices around the globe and continuously strives to bring diverse voices to the fore.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Absolut Art is putting a spotlight on five artists: Zoë Buckman, Mona Chalabi, Shantell Martin, Tiff Massey, and Malin Gabriella Nordin are amongst the leading creators of our time, showing their work in museums, galleries, and a variety of publications.

  • New York-based Zoë Buckman has presented her sculptures, installations, and photography from Los Angeles to South Africa and delves into themes of feminism, mortality, and equality. “The artworks that most successfully unpack the status quo,” she says, “are the pieces that invite people in and create a space for dialogue.”
  • Detroit-based artist Tiff Massey has exhibited her work globally from New York to the Netherlands and creates sculptures and wearable artworks that draw on extravagant adornment in hip-hop culture. Referencing a series of brass jewelry, she once said, “It’s all about that moment when you’re really feeling yourself.”
  • In her practice, Shantell Martin explores her own identity as a queer woman of color, while offering affirming messages like “You are you.” The talented and prolific artist has partnered with the global sensation Lizzo, Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, the American Ballet, and Google, as well as had solo museum shows around the world.
  • London-born writer and artist Mona Chalabi is all about quality data journalism, and her work often illuminates statistics through illustrations. “The ultimate goal,” she says, “is to make information accessible in as joyous a way as possible.” She’s contributed data drawings to publications like The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Emmy-nominated series The Vagina Dispatches.
  • Exhibiting her paintings and collages in China, the U.S., and Mexico, Stockholm-based artist Malin Gabriella Nordin works across multiple mediums, ranging from painting to illustration and sculpture to installation. She has compared her intuitive creative process to a game of telephone, in which the work-in-progress shifts in form and meaning during its creation.

To learn more about these artists and explore a larger collection of works in celebration of Women’s History Month, visit Absolut Art’s site.



Join SCI-Arc This Summer for Making+Meaning, a Program Exploring Architecture and Design

February 8, 2021


All images courtesy of SCI-ARC, shared with permission

Making+Meaning students are introduced to the exploratory practice of architecture and design. It exposes participants to a wide range of techniques within a conceptual design framework, departing from the recognizable to create unique, engaging content and experiences. Students complete the program with a sophisticated design portfolio showcasing work produced using a variety of digital representation and fabrication methods, made alongside a global community of creators. Students are offered the opportunity to employ cutting-edge tools such as animation, AR content visualization, photogrammetry, and 3D modeling throughout the program.

Making+Meaning is for students and professionals worldwide looking for a shift in career, a break from everyday monotony, or simply to indulge a curious mind. Participants range from existing architecture students looking to strengthen their portfolios to professionals thinking about architecture as the next path in their career. The program culminates with an exhibition during which students present their work and receive feedback from renowned architects, artists, and design professionals.

Registration for Making+Meaning 2021 is now open on the SCI-Arc website. To jumpstart a career in architecture and design, expand existing skills, or inform a possible shift in career, sign up for Making+Meaning 2021. No previous experience is required to enroll.




RISD Continuing Education Announces 140+ Online Courses This Spring

February 1, 2021


by RISD CE student Christian Heidsieck

Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education is excited to announce more than 140 online courses for adults and teens this spring—including RISD’s Advanced Program for High School Students. RISD CE Certificate Programs are now being offered 100% online.

Continuing Education students can take online classes from anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night. Courses are taught by professional artists, designers, and makers, and RISD CE is open admission—everyone is welcome.

Students can enroll in online courses for personal or professional enrichment and as part of a RISD CE Online Certificate Program. Designed for those looking to accelerate their creative lives and work, subjects range from interior design, product development, and graphic design to painting, photography, and animation.

While some teens may attend RISD CE Online Teen Courses for fun and enrichment, others have academic goals. Online courses like animation, illustration, fashion design, and art school prep provide a strong grounding in the visual arts, encouraging creative and personal growth through self-expression.

While Rhode Island School of Design has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 RISD Pre-College program and will not be hosting in-person classes this summer, RISD’s Advanced Program for High School Students will be available to help young adults develop as artists and grow their college application portfolios.

The spring term starts March 1, 2021. For more information on RISD CE Online Spring Courses, visit ce.risd.edu.



SVA’s Spring 2021 Continuing Education Courses Begin January 25

January 4, 2021


Artwork by Clarisse Provido, SVACE Student

Whether it’s to advance your career or try something new, SVACE offers more than 170 online courses to choose from. Visit sva.edu/ce to view all course offerings.

Online courses are available in:

Free Virtual Events & Information Sessions

Registration Details

Course Advice
If you need advice or have questions please email [email protected] to connect with one of our course advisors.

About the School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College please visit sva.edu.

Division of Continuing Education
E-mail: [email protected]




Mural Art Project Launches with the Joyful and Nostalgic Works of Artist Gregory Siff in Sedona

December 1, 2020


In collaboration with 4AM Gallery, Mural TX presents the premiere of Mural Art Project, an organization that travels the world searching for locations full of wonder and inspiration to document the creations of world-class artists as they engage with the surrounding area. Mural Art Project’s first iteration features Los Angeles-based artist Gregory Siff, who worked at the rugged Bell Rock landmark in Sedona Arizona.

Throughout his body of work—which includes pieces in a diverse array of space like Swizz Beatz’s Dean Collection, Deitch Projects, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Soho House New York, Soho House Miami, and Google headquarters—Siff taps into childhood nostalgia with joyful intention. His new project created with Mural Art Project captures these memories of his experience in Sedona with each painted element.

To create “Sky Lines,” Siff worked on a clear canvas, allowing the vibrant renderings to contrast the organic landscape. A short video produced by Mural Texas documents the creation of this iconic piece as the artist channels the energy of the location. Siff adds about his experience:

Once you realize the thing you love to do most, there is nothing more fulfilling than doing it in different environments around the world. To be under the Sedona sky among the most beautiful rock formations that gripped me with internal energy, I was moved to tell a story that was unfolding on this adventure.

“Having spent time in the magical vortexes In Sedona, we knew this was the perfect place for the timeless magic of Gregory Siff. Working with the elements of nature infuses a palpable electricity within the art; breathing life into it, as it takes the invisible field and makes it visible,” 4AM Gallery writes about the project. “This work represents the unseen fifth-dimensional forces that are always with us, carrying us through the journey in the matrix of life.”

Mural TX is releasing six original works and four limited-edition prints—titled “Sky Lines,” “Constellations,” “Crayons,” and “Sunset Soul”—to coincide with Siff’s on-site creation. Presented on technicolor, white, and deep blue backdrops, each print contains a series of black vignettes and is available from the Mural Art Project shop.


Gregory Siff works on “Sky Line” in Sedona. All images courtesy of Mural Art Project, shared with permission

“Sunset Soul” (2020), print on archival Hahnemuhle photo paper, 24 x 38 inches. Edition of 17, with a hand-embellished edition of eight

“Constellations” (2020), print on archival Hahnemuhle photo paper, 24 x 38 inches. Edition of 17, with a hand-embellished edition of eight

“Crayons” (2020), print on archival Hahnemuhle photo paper, 24 x 38 inches. Edition of 17, with a hand-embellished edition of eight