David Lynch, best known for his often-enigmatic and quirky films - think Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), and Inland Empire (2006) - and television shows ( Twin Peaks), launched his career as a visual artist in the late 1960s at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Though he was not from Philadelphia, Lynch fell in love with the city during his years here as a student artist.
"There was violence and hate and filth," he once said. "But the biggest influence in my whole life was that city."
Now, the academy is acknowledging its famous progeny with a retrospective exhibition scheduled to run Sept. 5 through Jan. 4, 2015, in the historic Frank Furness building at Broad and Cherry Streets.