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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
Collection Co-Curator

Pat Nugent

Moe Brooker

Vanessa Werring

Mostafa Darwish
Virtual Gallery Curator


Maureen Drdak
Former President

Lisa Tremper Hanover
Museum Consultant

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


As an independent entity, its purpose is to benefit all Academy 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.


After 123 years we are still going strong and are proud to celebrate this year’s Annual Exhibition at the HOT•BED Gallery from November 7 to 28, 2020. This year our Juror is Rebecca O’Leary and she has selected the work and awards this year. The gallery is open on specific days and hours for visitors by appointment only. Simply visit the HOT•BED gallery website to plan your visit. The works are for sale in the gallery and on their gallery website:


This exhibition displays 59 works by the Academy Alumni along with six new Fellowship 2020 acquisitions for our Collection that was started in 1926. John Thornton and Miriam Seidel both Academy alumni will be creating a video of the entire exhibition that will be linked to our website later in November.


Thank you to our generous hosts Bryan Hoffman and James Oliver co-founders of this new upbeat contemporary Philadelphia gallery at 723 Chestnut Street. I personally also thank our Fellowship Board of Directors and Advisors, and Anais Cooper-Hackman, the HOT•BED Gallery Manager.


We remain Artists Helping Artists!

Barbara Sosson

Fellowship President

We remain Artists Helping Artists!
Barbara Sosson
Fellowship President

Please click the Button below to view the full pdf Annual Fellowship Exhibition 2020 catalog


Enjoy the music of this talented trio, Coop a Loop, while scrolling through our virtual exhibition.

Video By John Thorton

To purchase any of the works on this site contact:

Please view this virtual exhibit on a desktop for full experience.

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