Founded in 1950, and named the Women’s Committee until 2001, the Women’s Board is aligned with the values of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and works to support PAFA in accordance with its mission statement. It assists the Board of Trustees and the President of PAFA in the implementation of programs, supports the Museum and the School through fundraising and volunteerism, and promotes awareness and appreciation of American art and American artists. The Board produces several major fundraising events each year, including several Private Previews of PAFA exhibitions and the USArtists American Fine Art Show. Proceeds support student scholarships, various museum and school programs, the Annual Student Exhibition, the commencement luncheon, and other special projects throughout the year. In the 60-year history of the Women’s Board, its members and events have contributed more than 10 million dollars in net proceeds to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America’s first school of fine arts and museum. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts presented by the President of the United States, the Academy is a recognized leader in fine arts education. Nearly every major American artist has taught, studied, or exhibited at the Academy. The institution’s world-class collection of American art continues to grow and provides what only a few other art institutions in the world offer: the rare combination of a world-class museum and an extraordinary faculty known for its commitment to students and for the stature and quality of its artistic work.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Academy is located at 118-128 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia. Admission to the Permanent Collection is Adults $10, Seniors & Students with I.D.$8, Youth ages 5-18, $6. Admission to Special Exhibitions (includes Permanent Collection) is Adults $15, Seniors & Students with I.D.$12, Youth ages 5-18, $8. Admission is free for members and children under the age of 5. Admission to Morris Gallery exhibitions is free.
The 18th USArtists American Fine Art Show & Sale October 1 – 3, 2010
The nation’s largest exposition and sale of American art to be held for the first time at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA – Presented by the Women’s Board of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the 18th USArtists American Fine Art Show & Sale, the largest exposition and sale of 18th- through 21st-Century American art in the nation, will be presented October 1 – 3, 2010 at PAFA. For the first time in its 18-year history, USArtists will be moving from its longtime venue at the 33rd Street Armory to its home at PAFA’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at 128 North Broad Street in Philadelphia.
In celebration of American artistic talent, USArtists reflects the vitality, history and uniqueness of American art. This annual three-day event to benefit PAFA showcases 300 years of the nation’s finest original works — from colonial to contemporary — in an event that includes 35 of the country’s leading art galleries and dealers, and draws thousands of visitors each year.
“The addition of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building to PAFA’s campus gives us the opportunity for the first time to host USArtists within the museum,” said David R. Brigham, PAFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Doing so creates stronger linkages to our educational mission and opportunities to develop new programs related to the challenges and thrills of collecting art.”
USArtists Co-chair and President-elect of the Women’s Board, Alicia Sterling stated, “This is a very exciting year for USArtists, as we bring this benefit event home to PAFA. As an event entirely devoted to American art, held in a museum setting, we offer the only show and sale of this kind with high quality work that spans the history of American art.”
This nationally recognized show of over 5,000 works of art will include an opening Preview Gala, followed by a New Collectors Night, and group tours with proceeds to directly support PAFA student scholarships.
USArtists provides regional and national art collectors and audiences the opportunity to view and purchase thousands of pieces of artwork presented by some of the country’s most prestigious galleries from Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Maine, among others. To highlight the artists, exhibitors, and events, the Women’s Board will soon launch the updated www.usartists.org website.
Artists whose paintings and sculptures have been featured in previous USArtists shows include: Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, Stuart Davis, Chaim Gross, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Bo Bartlett, Sarah McEneaney, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, and the American sculptor and artist who is best known for the statue of William Penn atop Philadelphia’s City Hall Tower, Alexander Calder, among others.
Founded in 1992 by the Women’s Board to benefit the museum and school as its major annual fundraising event, USArtists speaks to the purpose and mission of the Academy — to nurture American art and artists. The success of the USArtists show and sale hosted by the Women’s Board allows them to continue their legacy of providing support for student scholarships. In the 60-year history of the Women’s Board its members and events have contributed more than 10 million dollars to PAFA.
The Preview Gala will open USArtists on Thursday, September 30 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Gala attracts the most serious collectors, as it offers the first opportunity to view and purchase from the dealers’ diverse collections. New Collectors Night, on Friday, October 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., is an event for individuals who may be relatively new to collecting and includes a cocktail party and informal lectures on art and how to establish and maintain an art collection. During the run of the show, Dealer Talks will offer visitors a chance to learn from the experts during short lectures in selected dealers’ booths. USArtists also offers its Special Needs program, the first such program at any national arts fair, which provides touch tours for the visually impaired, ASL translators for the hearing impaired, as well as free workshops and docent-led tours of the show to visitors who are physically challenged.
General admission to USArtists is $15 and includes a full-color catalogue. Seniors, students with ID, and groups of six or more pay $12 each. Group docent tours are $18 per person. The show is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to USArtists also includes one free admission to PAFA.
Tickets are also available for the Thursday night Preview Gala ($125 to $550) and the New Collectors Night ($75). For tickets and additional information, call (215) 972-7639.
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