Al Gury is Chairman of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
An artist, educator, and author, Al received his BA in fine arts and humanities from Saint Louis University, a four-year Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and an MFA from the University of Delaware.
He is a recipient of the Cresson Traveling Fellowship and numerous grants and awards for painting and arts education, and was designated a master teacher by both The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as American Artist Magazine.
A painter of the figure, landscapes, still lifes and portraits, Al's work is regularly shown by F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia, where he has been interviewed several times. His paintings have also been exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Capitol in Washington D.C., Washington and Lee University, the University of Pennsylvania, and galleries across the country.
Al is a contributing editor for Per Contra, an international journal of arts, literature and ideas; a contributor to a variety of publications internationally; and the author of three books on painting and drawing.
Since 1972 Al has resided in Philadelphia, where he works to promote the arts and is a long-time volunteer and contributor to PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.