Allan Edmunds on the mission-driven Brandywine Workshop and Archives
Allan Edmunds is a founder and Director of the Brandywine Workshop and Archives. This great but under-known art and education organization located at 728-30 South Broad St. Founded in 1972, Brandywine's 47-year history makes for a lot great material to talk about and in this podcast Roberta speaks with Allan in "The Printed Image" Gallery, where they currently present the bold and provocative relief wood prints of John T. Scott. The interview is 36 minutes long.

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Allan Edmunds, President of Brandywine Workshop and Archives, standing it front of Vinyl from "Culture Quilt" by John T Scott at The Printed Image gallery.
Allan Edmunds, President of Brandywine Workshop and Archives, standing it front of Vinyl from “Culture Quilt” by John T Scott at The Printed Image gallery.

From its founding in 1972, The Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA) has had a mission to support to the art of printmaking, artists, education and multiculturalism. Always evolving, BWA fulfills its core mission by building bridges and expanding its impact in today’s world. BWA became a non-profit in 1974. In 1975 it started an artist in residence program with the first two artists featured, Sam Gilliam and Romare Bearden. Their involvement with the federal CETA program from 1977-80, “Visual artists in public service,” employed between 18 artists and 38 artists annually in teaching classes; painting murals; creating “art parks.” In 1993, BWA moved to 730 S. Broad St. a historic firehouse, where they are now. In between, did work with many nationally recognized artists and showed nationally and internationally. They have 2 buildings, including the Print Shop building at 728 S. Broad. In its journey, Brandywine has been in continual evolution, and today they are adapting digital tools in their arts educational mission. They are also creating an online teaching tool, Brandywine.art, to help facilitate the teaching of globally inclusive cultural studies via use of their vast archive of prints and documents. Learn more at these links:
Brandywine Workshop and Archives
Brandywine.art project

Thank you to Morgan Nitz for recording and editing this Artblog Radio episode. Artblog Radio is now available on Apple (iTunes and Apple Podcasts) and Spotify and via RSS.


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Allan Edmunds, President of Brandywine Workshop and Archives, with work from "Culture Quilt" by John T Scott at The Printed Image gallery.
Allan Edmunds, President of Brandywine Workshop and Archives, with work from “Culture Quilt” by John T Scott at The Printed Image gallery.
Installation view of "Culture Quilt" by John T Scott at The Printed Image gallery.
Installation view of “Culture Quilt” by John T Scott at The Printed Image gallery.
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Alan Edmunds, arts history, avenue of the arts, Brandywine street, brandywine workshop, Brandywine Workshop and Archives, collection, diversity, education, gallery, lithography, philadelphia, printmaking, residency, screen printing, serigraphy

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