The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region. The organization fulfills this mission by offering educational programs, photographic exhibitions, lectures by practicing artists, and affordable access to high-end digital equipment for the creation of photographs. PPAC is a resource for both practicing artists as well as individuals interested in learning about all aspects of contemporary photography. PPAC provides needed technical services and instruction and promotes the relationships and connections that will lead to a more vibrant photography community.

PPAC Staff

Sarah Stolfa — Executive Director

Stolfa is a working fine-art photographer and educator with over eight years of experience in photography, education, curatorial work and digital lab creation and management. She has an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art.  In addition to teaching at PPAC, Stolfa has taught at the Yale Univeristy Art Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the University of Delaware, Drexel University and currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

Christopher Gianunzio

Gianunzio is an artist based in Philadelphia. He received an MFA in photography from Syracuse University in 2009. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Skulpturenpark in Berlin, Germany, and also at NYCAMS gallery in New York City, the University of Georgia, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center.  In addition to teaching at PPAC, Gianunzio teaches at Moore College of Art, Bucks Community College, and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Leigh Van Duzer

Leigh Van Duzer is a Philadelphia-based photographer. Her work has been shown nationally, including galleries in Philadelphia, New York, and Portland. In 2010 Leigh received a fellowship through the Daisy Soros Prize and the American Austrian Foundation to study at the Salzburg International Summer Art Academy. She was also awarded a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship underwritten in part by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Leigh received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and her BA from Hampshire College in 2001. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the International Center of Photography.