Brandywine Workshop

September 4 - November 13

Founded in 1927, by printer Allan Edmunds, the Brandywine Workshop has supported and inspired artists and students of diverse backgrounds to produce innovative collaborations in printmaking.  The Collins Memorial Library and the Art Department are honored to host this exhibition of six artists associated with the Workshop: Curlee Raven Holton, Letitia Huckaby, Samella Lewis, Allan Edmunds, Richard Whitman and Tomie Arai.  The artists' works in this exhibit reflect cultural and personal histories, politics and identity.

The mission of the Brandywine Workshop is to be a major force in the creation, documentation and preservation of culturally diverse American art, insuring the participation of multiethnic artists in the field of fine art printmaking and related media technologies.  For the past 40 years, the Brandywine Workshop has been a leader in the development of offset lithography as a fine art.  Philadelphia based, national in scope and internationally recognized, the Workshop exemplifies the highest standard of excellence and innovation.

The Workshop has sponsored over 350 artists’ residencies since it was founded in 1972. It has attracted artists from 35 states and 15 foreign countries and traveled exhibits to more than 30 foreign cities in Europe, the Middle and Near East, Africa and Latin America. An important art education center, it provides exhibits of culturally diverse artists, offers internship for local high school and college art students, conducts adult lectures and seminars, and publishes catalogs. In addition, Brandywine serves as a community organizing and development resource through its collaborations with other local cultural institutions and its support for community and economic development. The increased visibility of the collection through the gallery exhibitions and related events has benefited print sales used to underwrite the cost of residency programs.

In his foreword to the book, Three Decades of American Printmaking:  The Brandywine Workshop Collection, Bernard Young (noted art educator) states:

"From its inception, Brandywine was and continues to be a strong supporter and patron of African-American, Native American, Hispanic and Asian artists, and an advocate for serious professional artists regardless of race, ethnicity, or religious heritage... Brandywine has created aesthetic, historical art productions, and social programs that are significant.  It is an institution that we should lobby for because it has made demonstrable positive differences in the community as well as within the field of fine arts."

The founder Allan Edmunds writes:  “As an art institution, Brandywine intends to fulfill its role in building bridges across geographic and cultural boundaries through the art of printmaking.  We will pursue a central goal of reaching out to young and emerging artists of all backgrounds and to afford opportunities to older ethnic artists who, despite obvious talents and achievements, have not had access to a professional collaborative experience”.

We celebrate the spirit of the Brandywine Workshop.

Jane Carlin and Janet Marcavage

You can learn more of the artists' histories on the About the Artists page, or visit the Brandywine Workshop website.