The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts has received a $500,000 donation in support of printmaking from photographer Julie Jensen Bryan and architect Robert Bryan. The gift will be used to enhance the institution’s printmaking shop, which will be renamed in honor of the Bryans, and expand its curriculum.
In a statement, the academy said that the gift will ensure that printmaking remains one of the school’s core artistic disciplines. The Bryan Printmaking Shop will provide students working in woodcut and relief, intaglio, plate and stone lithography, as well as screen printing, letterpress, book arts, and digital media with equipment and instruction. Julie Jensen Bryan said, “PAFA is a fabulous part of Philadelphia’s history, but it’s exciting to see that we’re creating new artists now that speak to this generation.”
Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America’s first school and museum of fine arts.