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PAFA Announces Partnership With Paulson Fontaine Press Making It the East Coast Repository for Editions by African American Artists

During its most recent Collections Committee meeting, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announced a relationship with the Paulson Fontaine Press to be the only East Coast repository for all of its prints by African American artists. The museum also added nearly 40 historic, modern and contemporary works to its permanent collection of American art at the quarterly meeting.

"With the acquisition of these prints, PAFA is positioned to become the East Coast archive of works on paper by African American artists from that press," said Jodi Throckmorton, PAFA Curator of Contemporary Art. The West coast repository is the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

"This collection of prints represents some of the most important artists working today," Throckmorton said. "The Paulson Fontaine Press is one of the most experimental presses and that is evident in the quality of the 129 prints we acquired." Featured artists include Radcliffe Bailey, McArthur Binion, Kerry James Marshall, and Gary Simmons, among others.

"Paulson Fontaine Press is honored to place a powerful collection of prints by African American artists with PAFA," said Pam Paulson, the Press' Founder and Master Printer. "The leadership at PAFA shares our commitment to diversity in the arts as well a passion for printmaking, highlighted by their recent acquisition of the Brodsky Center. We are delighted to have an opportunity to share our program with Philadelphia's vibrant community for years to come."

Relevant research areas: North America, 20th Century, Contemporary
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