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Fellowship Board:

Barbara Sosson
President and Treasurer

Nina Martino
Vice President

John Formicola
Vice President and
Collection Co-Curator

Rachel Citrino
Vice President and

Collection Co-Curator

Sandra Benhaim

Vice President 

Mostafa Darwish

Virtual Gallery Director

Pat Nugent
Rosemont College Gallery

Vanessa Werring

Fellowship Advisors:

Maureen Drdak
Former Fellowship President

& Fulbright Fellow

Sharon Ewing
Former Owner/Director of
Gross McCleaf Gallery

Lisa Tremper Hanover
Museum Consultant

Gaby Heit
Art Consultant/Curator

Rhoda Rosenberg
Professor of Printmaking,
School of the Museum of Fine
Arts/Tufts, Boston; PAFA Alumni


The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is one of the oldest Alumni art nonprofit organizations in America and staffed solely by volunteers, which speaks of the impressive loyalty and dedication of our board and advisors.


We are an independent entity with our sole purpose to benefit all PAFA Alumni.

On Monday evening, April 19, 1897, approximately five hundred people met in the Pennsylvania Academy lecture room to form an organization of alumni that would come to be known worldwide as The Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. They came together at the behest of Edward H. Coates, President of PAFA, and Harrison S. Morris, Managing Director. The idea had been endorsed by 32 prominent artists. Robert Vonnoh, a former student and later Academy instructor, suggested that a notice be sent to several thousand alumni.

In 1976 The Fellowship became incorporated and currently is a 501(c)(3) charity that can receive tax deductible donations.


We remain,
Artists Helping Artists!

Barbara Sosson
Fellowship President

About The Juror

    Audrey Flack is an internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, and a pioneer of photorealism. Ms. Flack enjoys the distinction of being the first Photorealist painter whose work was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection. Among many major museums around the world, her work also resides in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Butler Institute of American Art, National Gallery of Australia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Additionally, she is the first woman artist, along with Mary Cassatt, to be included in Janson’s History of Art text.

Among her public commissions are Monumental Gateway to the City of Rock Hill in South Carolina, consisting of four twenty-foot high bronze figures on granite pedestals; Veritas et Justitia, a fifteen foot high figure of Justice for the Thirteenth Judicial Courthouse in Tampa, Florida; and Islandia, a nine-foot high bronze sculpture for the New York City Technical College in Brooklyn, New York. A major retrospective of her work organized by the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky has traveled to museums around the country beginning in 1992.

Audrey Flack has taught and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. She was awarded the Augustus St. Gaudens Medal from Cooper Union, was an honorary Albert Dorne Professor at Bridgeport University, and awarded an honorary professorship at George Washington University. There are numerous books on her work, including Breaking the Rules: Audrey Flack, a Retrospective, 1950-1990 by Thalia Gouma Peterson, published by the Abrams Publishing Company in New York. Audrey Flack is the author of three books, On Painting (Abrams 1986), The Daily Muse (Abrams 1989), and Art & Soul (Penguin USA 1991). She is currently in the process of writing a sequel to Art & Soul, as well as a memoir.


Audrey Flack at MoMA in front of her paintings "Leonardo's Lady"

Please click the Button above to view the full pdf Annual Fellowship Exhibition 2022 catalog

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