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.