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High School / Pre-College

Penna. Academy of Fine Arts: Typical Day


About the Academy

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America’s oldest continually operating 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. The institution’s world-class collection of American art continues to grow and includes major works by the Academy’s faculty and alumni, both current and historic.

Residential Accommodations and Services

Comprehensive residential services include air-conditioned housing at the University of Pennsylvania, with resident counselors, transportation, most meals, evening and weekend activities and internet access.

Academic and Student Facilities

The Samuel M.V. Hamilton building, 128 North Broad Street, houses superb drawing and painting classrooms, state-of-the-art printmaking and sculpture shops, rooftop painting terrace, spacious student lounge, Academy Art Supply and private studios for matriculated students.

The Historic Landmark Building, 118 North Broad Street, houses the Academy’s famous cast collection of antique and Renaissance sculpture.

For lunch, Summer Academy students may enjoy the Academy cafe or choose from a vast array of nearby eateries, including the famous Reading Terminal Market. The student lounge atop the Samuel M.V. Hamilton building offers a relaxing, comfortable environment with views of the Philadelphia cityscape.