About: Mission

A collaborative paper and printmaking center devoted to the creation of new work.

The mission of the Brodsky Center aligns uniquely with the mission of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) to educate students and to develop and promote the work of outstanding and innovative artists. Since its founding under Director Judith K. Brodsky, the Center has completed over 300 editions with a diverse range of emerging and established artists, including PAFA alumnus, Barkley L. Hendricks, and artists in PAFA's collection such as Melvin Edwards, Joan Semmel, and Richard Tuttle.

The primary mission of the Brodsky Center is to enable artists to create new work in paper and print. Artists-in-residence are invited to engage in one-on-one collaborations with the Brodsky Center's master printers and papermakers. These experts and innovators make it possible for artists to translate their vision into a media that may be new to them. Since the Brodsky Center was conceived, diversity has been central to its mission and has consistently supported women and artists of color. The Brodsky Center is dedicated to the promotion of editions, paper and the printed image as central to contemporary art practice.

The Brodsky Center is part of the school at PAFA and provides internship and professional opportunities for students to learn about the process of editioning, marketing, and selling artists' prints. Students learn from artists-in-residence, who will make prints alongside them in the print shop. A new papermaking facility at PAFA provides papermaking opportunities for both Brodsky Center editions and PAFA students.

Artists-in-residence give talks that are widely announced, thus affording access by the public to interaction with distinguished visual artists and their ideas. In addition, the Brodsky Center organizes traveling exhibitions that introduce contemporary prints and handmade paper projects to regional, national, and international audiences.

The Brodsky Center was founded as the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper in 1986 by Judy Brodsky, an artist, printmaker, arts advocate, and professor of art at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. It was established as an international forum for the exchange of new ideas in print and papermaking processes and education. In 2006 it was renamed in honor of Judy in recognition of her leadership and vision. In the summer of 2018, the Brodsky Center joined the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Editions produced by the Brodsky Center are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Cleveland Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Newark Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, Stadtmuseum Berlin, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, and other international institutions as well as many private collections.

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