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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is one of the region’s leading cultural centers.

PCA&D offers signature events, artist talks, classes, workshops, and gallery events throughout the year that are unique within and closely link us to the Lancaster community.

With our City as Campus focus, PCA&D students are an integral part of the fabric of our community.

The Mosaic Project provides scholarships for under-served middle school and high school students from two Lancaster city/county districts so they may spend a day with professional artists who are successful in their fields. These students also see, first hand, that careers in art and design are truly within their reach.

Through our Designathon, PCA&D has partnered with over two dozen non-profits throughout Lancaster County. Designathon provides real-world experience for students by matching them with non-profits in need of professional-quality design work. For 24 hours straight, dedicated students and faculty from PCA&D’s graphic design and illustration departments create marketing pieces, such as logos, websites, and brochures.

Our campus extends to the Art Garden, located directly across Prince Street from the College’s main entrance. The Art Garden is a pocket of green space that the entire community enjoys. It’s often a meeting place on First Fridays, and it provides another welcome spot for the public to enjoy a brown bag lunch. Our enhancement of the Art Garden includes “Create Influence,” a sculptural installation created by nationally-acclaimed designers Gail Anderson and Joe Newton.

Exhibits in PCA&D’s Main Gallery, curated by our gallery director, bring works by nationally and internationally recognized artists to Lancaster.

PCA&D’s “Senior Show & Celebration,” Lancaster City’s largest one-day gallery event by a single organization. The Celebration showcases senior thesis projects by each year’s graduating class and features artwork that fills five floors. In only three hours, two thousand art lovers experience professional-level work created by our BFA majors. It’s free and open to the public to enjoy live music, refreshments, family and friends. Our Senior Show & Celebration truly is the gallery event of the year.

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