This installation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Brandywine Workshop and Archives, an important center for printmaking in Philadelphia. From its founding in 1972 by artist and educator Allan L. Edmunds, Brandywine has been committed to promoting printmaking as a vital contemporary art form and to supporting collaboration and experimentation between visual artists and skilled professional printers.
In 2009, Brandywine’s gift to the museum of 100 prints offered a remarkable introduction to contemporary printmaking in Philadelphia. The selection of works in this installation span the workshop’s history and testify to the range of artistic styles and approaches that its collaborations have embraced.
Get a sneak peek at works in this exhibition.
Rodney Ewing is a printmaker based in San Francisco. He earned a BFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and an MFA from West Virginia University, Morgantown.
His practice explores intersections of the body, place, memory, and fact to reexamine human histories and cultural traditions. Ewing’s work has been exhibited at the Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA; The Drawing Center, New York City; and The Jack Fischer Gallery, New York City. Ewing teaches at San Francisco Day School.
Faith Ringgold (born 1930, Harlem, New York) is a painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist, writer, teacher, and lecturer. Since the 1970s, her work has spanned tankas (a Tibetan-inspired form of painting framed by richly brocaded fabrics), soft sculptures, masks, quilts, and texts, eventually blending these influences into new mediums and styles all her own.
Ringgold is a celebrated author and illustrator, known for award-winning children’s books including Tar Beach (Crown Publishing Group, 1991), Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky (Crown Publishing Group, 1992), and Dinner at Aunt Connie’s (Hyperion Books, 1993), as well as her first book for adult audiences, We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold (Bullfinch, 1995; released in paperback by Duke University Press in 2005). Her most recent publications include Harlem Renaissance Party (Harper Collins, 2015) and We Came to America (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016).
Arlan Huang is an abstract painter and glassblower born in Bangor, ME. He received a BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and also attended City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute.
In 2014, Huang received the Creating a Living Legacy Award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York City. He was an artist-in-residence at Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Philadelphia, and at the Museum of Chinese in America, which was funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Huang lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Monique D’Almeida, Margaret R. Mainwaring Curatorial Fellow
Laurel Garber, Park Family Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings