Governor's Residence


The Governor’s Residence is home to an exquisite collection of historic art that dates back to the late 18th century. The public areas are adorned with paintings by renowned artists such as Thomas Sully, Rembrandt Peale, Charles Peale Polk, and Gilbert Stuart. Many of these original works of art are on loan from world-class institutions, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the American Kennel Club, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.


In addition to the permanent collection and long-term art on loan from prestigious Pennsylvania museums, the Governor’s Residence hosts two special art exhibitions every year featuring works by local artists as well as works from museum collections. The latest exhibition, “Traditions of Excellence: Selected Artwork by the Faculty and Alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,” features twenty-three original works of art by current faculty and recent alumni of PAFA. Each painting, print, and drawing shows varying approaches by the artist to make a unique artwork by applying line, shape, color, value, texture, and other art elements.

Established in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was created:

    . . . to promote the cultivation of the Fine Arts in the United States of America by introducing correct and elegant Copies, from works of the first Masters, in Sculpture and Painting, and, by thus facilitating the access to such Standards, and also by occasionally conferring moderate but honorable premiums, and otherwise assisting the Studies and exciting the efforts of the artists, gradually to unfold, enlighten and invigorate the talents of our countrymen. [From the charter of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts written December 26, 1805, and approved by the Commonwealth in 1806.]

Since its beginning, PAFA has served multiple purposes: as a venue to exhibit art to inspire the public as well as a leading school to transmit skills and teach the practice of fine art.

On display through September 2014, visitors will have the opportunity to view this stunning collection of artwork by talented contemporary artists as they tour the Governor’s Residence. For information on tours and to schedule a visit, please call the tour line at 717-772-9130.