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The Brodsky Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Absorbs Rutgers’s Brodsky Center

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has announced that it is taking over the Brodsky Center, a collaborative paper and printmaking center that is currently housed at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The institution will be moved into a new facility that will be developed by the academy over the summer.

The Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper was founded in 1986 by artist, educator, and arts advocate Judith Brodsky. It was renamed in her honor in 2006 and is dedicated to supporting the production of new work by both established and emerging artists. Brodsky, who now sits on PAFA’s Contemporary Collections Committee, was instrumental in bringing the center to the academy.

“I’m delighted that PAFA will be the new home of the Brodsky Center,” Brodsky said. “PAFA has a distinguished printmaking tradition, and it is exciting that the Brodsky Center will help take that tradition into the future. I know that the collaboration and partnership of PAFA and the Brodsky Center will result in important contributions to the discourse of art.”

The current director of the center, Paola Morsiani, will join the PAFA team, continuing to lead the organization and to help develop learning opportunities for students through coursework, internships, and employment. The institution comes with an endowment, which helps fund its operations, and an inventory of over three thousand artworks by artists such as Barkley Hendricks, Melvin Edwards, Joan Semmel, and Richard Tuttle. A limited number of these prints will be accessioned into PAFA’s permanent museum collection, and the rest will be available for sale; all proceeds will be reinvested in the center, enabling it to carry out its mission.

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