Special Update! The Celebration of our 47th Year Begins

Saturday, February 1st through March 28th

Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA) is in the midst of its 47th year and we have planned a series of activities to celebrate.   Concurrently, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is hosting an exhibition of some of our most important prints during the period of activities, which culminate with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards (formerly the James Van Der Awards) at PAFA on March 28th.

We hope you will plan to visit many, if not all of the following and take advantage of special discounts on sales of prints form our Visiting Artists inventory. All Brandywine events are free, except the Awards Gala, so bring a friend who also loves art. To purchase ticvkets or become a Patron of the Awards, look for information at the end of this update.

Here’s What New Now!

On Saturday, February 1, 2020 the public is invited to visit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and tour the exhibit MAKING COMMUNITY: Prints from Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Brodsky Center at PAFA, and Paulson Fontaine Press, organized by guest curator Paola Morsiani, Director of the Brodsky Center. The BWA segment of this exhibition includes 36    prints by 29 African American artists donated to PAFA by Carolyn and Winston Lowe. The BWA prints are among the very best produced during the Visiting Artist in Residence Program at Brandywine. The exhibit continues to April 12.

Also on February 1, Awakened In You, The Collection of Dr. Constance C. Clayton opens on to the public at PAFA. Many of the artworks by artists in this collection of African American artists are also represented by prints in the BWA-MAKING COMMUNITY segment. Visit the PAFA website for information on related programming.

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In the Printed Image Gallery at Brandywine, a new exhibition opens Saturday, February 22 that will complement the MAKING COMMUNITY exhibit at PAFA by highlighting the diversity of the Visiting Artist program and the permanent collection at Brandywine. Founder’s Favorites, curated by Allan Edmunds, present the founders’ reflection on the history of the Visiting Artist program and the experiences and artworks that are most memorable. Tracing the program from its beginning in 1974 with early artists Libby Newman and Sam Gilliam to 2018, it includes 33 prints by diverse artists, local, national, and international documented with a catalog.  

The Opening Reception free to the public, on Saturday, February 22, from 6:30-9:30 PM  will include a video review of a documentary on the series of prints and other artworks by John E. Dowell, Jr., which are part of an ongoing series by the artist about cotton, its beauty, and impact on slavery and African American history in the South and locations in the North such as New York City at the turn of the 20th century. The evening will also include refreshments and live –entertainment by musicians from the Clef Club of Jazz, and information about the Gala and upcoming programs. Prints for sale will be discounted and all Brandywine Friends members will receive a free catalog. Exhibit continues to May 30.

Saturday March 7, from 5:30-7:30 PM, the Printed Image Gallery will host a reception and conversation with Blake Bradford, independent curator and author of the essay Ain’t No Stopping Us Now: African American Artists in Philadelphia since 1940. This essay appears in the just released college text The Routledge Companion to African American Art History.

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Friday, March 27, Special exclusive program for Honorees, Award Gala Patrons and Founder’s Friends of Brandywine

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Saturday, March 28,  The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala, The Hamilton Building, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, presentations and dinner to honor artist Willie Cole and Rashid Johnson and curator, historian Kinshasa Holman Conwill. Presenters include: gallerist David Kordansky, print curator Shelley Langdale, and collectors Carolyn and Winston Lowe. Key sponsors include PECO, an Exelon Company, and Minuteman Press.

Patrons receive one new print by one ($2,500) of the artists or both ($4,500). Individual tickets are $250 and $400 per couple. For information contact us at prints@brandywineworkshop.comn or call: 215.546.3675, 267.831.2928. If interested in serving as a Patron, you can also contact Allan Edmunds direct at 267.258.3558. The deadline to make your commitment as a Patron of the Gala is February 14th.

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