Allan Edmunds, who founded the Brandywine Workshop in 1972 and built it into an internationally renowned resource for artists, educators, museums, collectors and lovers of art, is retiring as founding director.
The Woodmere Art Museum, which has been celebrating him as a leading voice in creating inclusivity in contemporary American art with the exhibition “Printing as Prologue: Recent Work by Allan Edmunds,” is hosting a closing reception for the exhibit at 7 p.m. Thursday, which will feature an in-person discussion with the artist.
The show focuses on a new body of work in collage made over the two years of the pandemic (on view through Jan. 22), which explores personal histories with imagery that integrates family archives and photographs with a range of materials.
Integrating a combination of screen printing, offset lithography and relief printing processes, Edmunds demonstrates his mastery of a broad range of techniques. This depth of experience is also the artist’s platform for experimentation with personal meaning and memories in a manner that connects to universal themes, inspiring thought about family and heritage.
The exhibition is funded by an anonymous donor and the Dr. Dorothy J. del Bueno Endowed Fund for Exhibitions at Woodmere. Bueno, a late trustee of Woodmere, admired Edmunds’s work, both as an artist and as the creator of the Brandywine Workshop.