PAFA receives 400-piece collection from patron

PAFA receives 400-piece collection from patron

on Thursday,December 16,2010 20:12


Museums pride themselves on their collections, and many of their most valuable pieces are donated by patrons who share the love. Recently, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) and museum received a collection of more than 400 works from Linda Lee Alter, a fan of the school.

Alter is an artist and a collector who has been featured at PAFA in the past. The collection donated to the facility includes pieces from artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Alice Neel, Nancy Spero, Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, and Louise Nevelson. Some of the oldest works date back to the beginning of the 20th century.

"We are truly grateful for this very important gift," said David Brigham, PAFA's president and CEO. "At PAFA this work will be integrated into how we present and teach art history, highlighted in special exhibitions, brought to bear on the studio and liberal arts curriculum, included in public programming, and will be digitized and published in its entirety."

Employment of artists is predicted to increase by 12 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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