Operating System | PAFA Graduate Community


An Online Platform for Creative Output

Exhibition Dates: 
Friday, May 8th - Friday, June 26th, 2020
Zoom Launch Party: Friday, May 8th at 4pm

Alternatives'20: Art House is a Pafa Graduate Community Exhibition created in collaboration with the MFA Exhibitions Committee and Operating System Founders (Ashley Garner and Neill Catangay), Dr. Kevin Richards and Addison Namnoum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This online project was created out of the necessity to connect artists and their practices with the community in this challenging time of quarantine and uncertainty. Along with the rest of the world, many artists have had their lives and art practices turned upside down. We wanted to create a space to celebrate artwork in all stages of production. Students and faculty from Pafa’s graduate programs were encouraged to submit images that either show them working, in-progress work, work spaces, finished projects displayed in non-traditional and unconventional spaces, and everything in-between.

The "Art House" format for the show was created upon seeing the work submitted. Seeing the work that everyone is making right now was an inspiration to tell a story. We wanted to pay attention to the stories within the work and connect them to our current domestic situations and use that as a platform for the show design. Putting everyone in the same house virtually is a way for us to share the same space while physically apart. This exhibition will exist as a time capsule and a reminder of our perseverance and ability to support one another both as artists and as human beings amid a global pandemic. Artists never give up. We create hope, write history, create community, create culture, create solutions, and we do it all with passion. The work in this show demonstrates strong minds, passionate hearts, and a congregation of community from afar.