Drawn to the Water Artists of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Capture our Region’s Waterways, 1830 – Present

Fri April 15 to Sat December 31, 2011

For more than 200 years, generations of PAFA students, instructors, directors and exhibitors have used our regions' waterways as sources of inspiration. Though use and management of these water resources have changed over time, the tradition of painting them continues. Drawn to the Water focuses on three areas- the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware Bay and River and the Schuylkill River. (On view April 15 -end of year).   The Museum has also created a free coloring sketchbook that visitors can use to create their own artwork, and will organize three plein air (open air) painting events where artists will create paintings that will be installed in the exhibit to show contemporary views.     

Visitors will be encouraged to visit locations in the three regions featured in the exhibit and create their own artwork. A coloring sketchbook of line drawings created by PAFA student Liam Hodgson will be available for free at the exhibit, as well as at public events this spring and summer.    

In conjunction with the exhibit the Museum is organizing three plein air (open air) painting events with artwork being created specifically for the Drawn to the Water exhibit. The events will focus on each of the regions highlighted in the exhibit. On completion, these paintings will be installed in the exhibit at Independence Seaport Museum.  

Drawn the Water Plein Air Painting Events  

Saturday, April 23: Artist Joe Sweeney, 11am -4pm, Fishtown ShadFest, Penn Treaty Park, Philadelphia  

Saturday, June 11: Artist Larry Francis, 11am - 4 pm, Art in the Open, Schuylkill Banks, Philadelphia  

Saturday, June 18: Artist Giovanni Casadei, 11am - 4pm, On the beach a few blocks east of the Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City, NJ

Sponsored by Independence Seaport Museum


  • Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River
  • 211 S. Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St.
  • Philadelphia, PA

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