Philadelphia Fine Art Fair Announces Programming


Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF)

Release Date

Monday, March 18, 2019


Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF) presents highlights and a full list of programing for the inaugural edition. Held in the historic 23rd Street City Troop Armory, the first year of the fair will embrace the city’s history and passion for visual arts through a series of high caliber events, special exhibitions, and educational programs.

VIP guests will have a first look at PFAF during the fair’s opening night preview on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 6:00 - 10:00pm, co-hosted by artnet and Philadelphia Style. Cocktails and hors d’ouvres will be served.

PFAF presents galleries and artists from all around the world including Cuba, Latin America, Europe andUSA.

PFAF will present solo exhibitions and installations by contemporary artists, M.C. Escher, presented by Walker Fine Art, Craig Kraft, presented by Seraphin Gallery and David Datuna, presented by Giles Clement Gallery.

Rojas-Ford Fine Art presents a Latin American Masters Pavillion with works from mid-late 20th century painters, sculptors and printmakers from Latin America.

Meet and Greets will be held throughout the fair to introduce visitors to significant artists including David Datuna, Daniel Sprick, and Hunt Slonem.

SculptCare, in partnership with the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, will host a curated art auction. All proceeds go to benefit the restoration and conservation of Philadelphia’s extraordinary public art collection with featured pieces by David Hockney, Larry Rivers, Sam Francis,and M.C. Escher.

Renowned art collectors Mari and Peter Shaw will present the 2019 Art Collector of the Year Award to Cecily Sherman. Fair Director, Rick Friedman will present the 2019 Philadelphia Outstanding Artist Award to the late sculptor Dina Wind.

Twelve Gates Arts presents the Collectors Lounge which will be available for guests to sit and relax at the fair. There will also be an exhibition of works in the lounge and curated by Twelve Gates Arts for visitors to enjoy.

Panel Discussions on A Passion for Possession: Collectors on Collecting and The Real Scoop on Photorealism – Beyond Perception will feature panelists including legendary collector and galleristLouis K. Mesiel and Israeli-born, New York-based artist Yigal Ozeri.

Book Signings and Author Meet and Greets will be hosted by authors Mari Shaw, Suzanne Brooks Snider, and Rock Walker.

The documentary, A Conversation with Jamie Wyeth, will be screened and immediately followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker, Damon Sinclair. Run time: 60 minutes

Sponsored by Iatesta Imports, fine Italian wine tastings will be held in the Twelve Gates Arts Collectors Lounge throughout the fair.

The Opening Night Preview

Thursday, April 4, 6pm-10pm

Show Hours
Friday, April 5, 11am-7pm
Saturday, April 6, 11am-6pm
Sunday, April 7, 11am-5pm.
General admission tickets are $25pp and can be purchased online ( or at the door.

Day by Day:
Thursday, April 4, 2019
5:00 - 6:00pm:
 Opening Night Awards Reception & Celebration for Invitees
5:00 - 6:00pm: Press Preview
6:00 - 10:00pm: Fair Opens for the VIP Collectors Preview & PRESS
6:00 - 10:00pm: Wine Tastings sponsored by Iatesta Imports
6:00 - Sunday April 7 at 3:00pm: SculptCare auction begins

Friday, April 5, 2019 
2:00 - 3:00pm: Meet and Greet with David Datuna
3:00 - 5:00pm: Wine Tastings sponsored by Iatesta Imports
5:00 - 6:00pm: Panel Discussion on A Passion for Possession: Collectors on Collecting
6:00 - 6:30pm: Meet the author and book signing with Mari Shaw
7:00 - 8:45pm: After show soiree at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Saturday, April 6, 2019
12:00 - 1:00pm: Panel Discussion on The Real Scoop on Photorealism – Beyond Perception
1:00 - 2:00pm: Meet The Author & Book Signing with Suzanne Brooks Snider
2:00 - 6:00: Wine Tastings sponsored by Iatesta Imports
3:00 - 4:00pm: Meet and Greet with Daniel Sprick
4:00 - 5:00pm: Meet and Greet with Hunt Slonem

Sunday, April 7, 2019
11:30 - 1:00pm:
 Film Screening and Q&A on A Conversation with Jamie Wyeth with filmmaker Damon Sinclair
1:00 - 2:00pm: M.C. Escher Book Signing with Rock Walker
2:00 - 5:00pm: Wine Tastings sponsored by Iatesta Imports


2019 Exhibitors:
Anna Zorina Gallery 
(New York), Arcadia Contemporary (Pasadena), Birch Contemporary (Toronto),Bluestone Fine Art Gallery (Philadelphia), Bowersock Gallery (Provincetown), Bridgette Mayer Gallery (Philadelphia), Cernuda Arte (Coral Gables), Corridor Contemporary (Philadelphia), David Rothermel Contemporary (Sante Fe), Dean Borghi Fine Art (New York), Fremin Gallery (New York),Galerie Fledermaus (Chicago), Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister (Regensburg), Gilles Clement Gallery(Greenwich), Grenning Gallery (Sag Harbor), Haviland Reed (Southampton), Janet Lehr Fine Arts(East Hampton), JSF Contemporary (Philadelphia), Louis K Meisel Gallery (New York), LGTripp Gallery (Philadelphia), Merritt Gallery (Haverford),  MM Fine Art (Southampton),  Neumann Wolfson Art (New York), Rockelmann & Partner (Berlin), Rojas Ford Fine Art Gallery (Coral Gables), Roman Fine Art (East Hampton), Seraphin Gallery (Philadelphia), Stanek Gallery (Philadelphia), Steidel Contemporary (Lake Worth), Sudden Contemporary (Aureus Fort Collins), The Hunt Gallery(Sandwich), Twelve Gates Arts (Philadelphia), Trident Gallery (Gloucester) and Walker Fine Art, LTD(New York).

Sponsors: The Gallerist Loan, Freeman’s, Art Collector’s Athenaeum, artnet, and City of Philadelphia Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy.

Venue: The 23rd Street City Troop Armory (22 S 23rd St, Philadelphia)

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