Edith Neff (1943 - 1995) was an important contemporary exponent of the Philadelphia realist tradition. A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, she received her BFA in painting from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). In 1978, she joined the faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), where she taught figure painting and drawing until her death. Neff’s work is in corporate and public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and PAFA. Her many awards included a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship.