BWA is celebrating its 46th anniversary this year and preparing to move to the next phase of its evolution. Among other transitional steps, we are changing the operating model by eliminating the on-site printmaking production and investing resources to assist the next generation of Philly’s talented young printmakers and shop managers. During 2019, we will begin outsourcing the artist’s residency and production of new prints to Alex Kirillov, Nicole Donnelly, Alexis Nutini, David Love and David Moy among others.
On Friday, November 16th at a standing room only special reception in the Printed Image Gallery, we began to close one chapter of our history, by acknowledging and thanking several individuals who have supported education and professional development in the visual arts and our efforts to expand print production opportunities to young, diverse artists. All individuals honored, including a few who have passed away, served the arts community, while promoting Philadelphia’s legacy as a center for great artists and its impact in the print world.
By presenting Certificates of Achievement, BWA celebrated educators, gallerists and museum professionals who, since the 1970s, have made Philly a vibrant, connected art community.
Certificate of Achievement Honorees:
- Louise Clement-Hoff, art instructor at Fleisher Art Memorial from 1954–2018 — presenter, Jim Nixon, art collector and CEO of Community Council Health System.
- John E. Dowell, Jr., chair of The Printmaking Department at Tyler School of Art from 1975–2014 — presenter, Ted Agoos, architect currently in practice as Agoos Architecture & Design and formerly co-founder of the firm Agoos Lovera Architecture
- Lois M. Johnson, chair and professor of The Printmaking Department at University of the Arts from 1967–2007 — presenter, John Formicola, artist-printmaker and professor of Design at Drexel University. He was a cofounder and former director of Marian Locks Gallery
- Jerry Kaplan, chair of The Printmaking Department at The Philadelphia College of Art from 1965–1987 — presenter, Patricia Smith, artist-printmaker, former department chair of printmaking at the University of the Arts and currently serving as Professor in the print department.
- Peter Paone, founder and chair of The Printmaking Department at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1980–1992 and Professor of Printmaking from 1980–2009—presenter, Robert Roesch, an international renowned sculptor and chair of the extended media department at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Doris Nogueira-Rogers, gallery director at Taller Puertorriqueño from 1994–1999, art teacher at Allen’s Lane Art Center and Philadelphia Museum of Art for a combined 29 years — presenter, Marta Sanchez, a renowned painter-printmaker, activist, adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College and founder of the Cascarones Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation that raises funds through the sale of art in support those afflicted with HIV/AIDS.
- Richard Watson, Exhibitions Coordinator at the African American Museum of Philadelphia from 1987–2018— presenter, Leroy Johnson, mixed media artist, 2014 Pew Artist Fellowship recipient who has been a mentor to generations of local artists.
- Sande Webster Brantley, director of Sande Webster Gallery from 1969–2011— presenter Leroy Johnson
- Suzanne Reese-Horvitz, co-founder of Nexus Gallery in 1975 and Executive Director from 1982–1997— presenter Allan L. Edmunds.
- Frank and Helen Hyder, co-founders of Projects Gallery from 2003–2014- — presenter Allan L. Edmunds
- Margo Dolan, director of The Print Club from 1970–1977, founder of Associated American Artists from 1978–1983, and co-founder of Dolan Maxwell Gallery from 1984–2018 — presenter Allan L. Edmunds
- Libby Newman, founding director of The University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery in 1976 and sponsor of the Libby Newman Fellowships for Local Artist Residencies — presenter Allan L. Edmunds
- Hitoshi Nakazato, chair of The Printmaking Department at University of Pennsylvania from 1979–2007— presenter Allan L. Edmunds
Brandywine wishes to thank all those who attended and made the evening a celebration of diversity and collaboration that makes Philly strong in art.