PAFA Strengthens Its Renowned Collection of American Art

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PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has stepped up its efforts to expand and diversify its renowned collection of American art. The strategic plan, approved by PAFA’s Board of Trustees, calls for the growth of the collection through gift and purchase to fill gaps, including improving its holdings of Hudson River School artists, selected movements in 20th-century art, and contemporary art. In addition, PAFA seeks to add greater representation of works by women and African Americans. “We are very excited about the focused attention we are placing on the development of PAFA’s already renowned collection of American art,” said David R. Brigham, PAFA President and CEO. “Recent acquisitions will enable us to more fully tell the story of American art and culture.” Recent artwork purchased to begin addressing the strategic collecting initiative include Lilly Martin Spencer’s Mother and Child by the Heart