On May 9, 2014 from 5 to 8pm in the evening, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will be hosting its 113th Annual Student Exhibition. PAFA’s website describes the evening thus:
“The longest-standing exhibition of its kind, the Annual Student Exhibition is one of the most highly anticipated student group shows in the country. It is also an art collector’s dream, as the ASE offers the opportunity to view and purchase works by the art world’s next big stars, including winners of PAFA’s Spring Prize competition, the prestigious Travel Awards, and other prizes awarded to students in recognition of various categories of excellence. This year’s ASE will feature well over 1,000 works in various media by 128 students, including 46 graduating MFA students and 82 Certificate and BFA students.”
This exhibition is the cumulation of years of work for the students at PAFA. For the undergraduates, it is the result of three or four years worth of creative development, and for the MFA students, it represents two years of intense, rigorous study and work.
Each year hundreds of people pour into the public exhibition, which is completely free and accessible for anyone to attend on May 9th. The exhibition actually continues until June 1, but admission is required.
Having attended the ASE exhibition at PAFA multiple times, I particularly enjoy the MFA selection, which is found upstairs in the galleries. The MFA candidates work is particularly thought provoking and many times museum ready. If you are looking to buy art as an investment for the next generation of great artists, the Annual Student Exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a great place to start.
If you are serious about collecting, you may want to consider attending the ASE Preview Party. This is an exclusive, elegant preview of the work held the night before the public opening. It allows guests to have early access at the chance to select and buy the art. For varying fees, you may enter the exhibition at certain times. The earlier you want to get in, the more expensive the ticket. However, it may be worth it if you want your pick of the largest selection of artwork for sale. For details about buying tickets to the preview party, click here.