Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

George A. Weymouth (b. 1936), Indian Hanna, 1990, watercolor on panel.


John W. McCoy (1910-1989), Brandywine at Twin Bridges, 1953, tempera on renaissance panel. 

Lure of the Brandywine:

A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration

on view through August 10

Celebrating the dual mission of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, this exhibition examines the art of the region through the lens of land conservation. The approximately 45 works are drawn from private and public collections, as well as the Brandywine River Museum of Art's own holdings. The unique attributes of the landscape that attracted artists such as Jasper Cropsey, William T. Richards and members of the Wyeth family to the area are now largely protected through the efforts of the Brandywine Conservancy, which works to preserve and sustain the natural and cultural resources of the Brandywine watershed.

Spanning over a century, the exhibition presents artists' responses to the pastoral Brandywine valley while making fascinating connections to the Conservancy's activities that preserve thousands of acres of scenic and natural resources farmland and historic properties. Other Conservancy initiatives, including reforestation, promoting the use of native plants and the creation of trail networks all tie into the overarching goal of protecting the water quality of the Brandywine. Together, the selected works of art convey a strong sense of the region's distinctive identity and reflect the Brandywine River Museum of Art's rich holdings in landscape paintings. Lure of the Brandywine underscores the innate link between artists' appreciation of the Brandywine region's natural beauty and the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art's commitment to ensuring that legacy for generations to come.

This exhibition is made possible by PECO. Additional support is provided by Victory Brewing Company.

Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), Early Spring (detail), 1966-67, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 37 1/8 x 42 1/4 inches, Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Work by Charles E. Burchfield, 1994

Exalted Nature:

The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield

August 23 through November 16

The vibrant, visionary landscapes of Charles Burchfield (1893-1967), one of the leading American artists of the 20th century, are the focus of this major exhibition, featuring over 50 paintings borrowed from important public and private collections across the United States. The exhibition will provide a remarkable opportunity to examine the artist’s luminous, spiritual interpretations of the world around him.

Co-curated by Audrey Lewis, associate curator at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, and Nancy Weekly, head of collections and Charles Cary Rumsey Curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the exhibition will be on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center from December 12, 2014 to February 22, 2015.

At the Brandywine River Museum of Art, this exhibition has been generously sponsored by Chuck & Adriane Bowers in honor of Matthew DiSalvo, an artist and outdoorsman. Additional support has been provided by Morris and Boo Stroud.


Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses

August 23 through November 16

The scenic landscape of the Brandywine will inspire a new work by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen.  His interest in the Brandywine springs from childhood experiences exploring ruins along rivers and creeks. The work will develop from a series of immersive walks around the river. The project will focus on and around Chadds Ford and will include photographic and walking-based projects, with the resulting images and found objects to be displayed in a setting designed by the artist in the Museum’s third floor corridor, directly juxtaposed with the landscape that inspired the work. A map created by Jensen will invite visitors to explore the environment surrounding the Museum.

A conceptual landscape artist, Jensen combines photography, found objects and immersive exploration in the landscape to create his art. His series “The 49 States” is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and his work has been featured in The New Yorker and Art in America.

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) "They fought with him on foot more than three hours, both before him and behind him" (detail), 1917, oil on canvas. Private collection

Enchanted Castles and Noble Knights

November 28, 2014 through January 4, 2015

Unforgettable, iconic paintings and drawings that illustrate the romantic and daring stories of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and other tales of quests and chivalry will be on view this holiday season at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. These legends were immensely popular in the late 19th century, and artists of America’s Golden Age of Illustration (1880-1930) took up brush and pen to create art as dramatic as the stories. This exhibition will include a selection of Howard Pyle’s intricate, compelling pen drawings depicting Arthurian legends, and N.C. Wyeth’s gorgeously colored, romantic paintings for illustrated editions of The Boy’s King Arthur and The White Company, as well as work by Walter Crane, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Maxfield Parrish, Louis Rhead, Frank Schoonover and others will also be on view. Over 35 works of art are drawn from private collections and from the rich holdings of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The exhibition will feature a model medieval castle owned by Andrew Wyeth. Made for him in 1927 by his brother Nathaniel and painted by their father N.C. Wyeth, the castle reminds us that such tales did indeed spark imaginations. The exhibition is supported by the Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.

Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) Kleberg, 1984

Oil on canvas, 30 1/2 x 42 1/2”

Terra Foundation for American Art,

Daniel J. Terra Collection

Jamie Wyeth

January 17 through April 5, 2015

The first comprehensive retrospective of artist Jamie Wyeth (born 1946) will examine his imaginative approach to realism over the course of six decades, from his earliest childhood drawings through various recurring themes inspired by the people, places, and objects that populate his world. A member of a family of artists—including his grandfather, N.C. Wyeth (1882–1945); his father, Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009); and his aunt, Carolyn Wyeth (1909–1994)—Jamie Wyeth has followed a unique path, training with his aunt Carolyn after leaving school at age 11, studying anatomy in a New York City morgue and working in Andy Warhol’s New York studio, The Factory. Jamie Wyeth will include approximately 100 paintings, works on paper, illustrations, and assemblages created by the artist, many in a range of “combined mediums,” his preferred term for the distinctive technique he brings to his compositions. The exhibition will feature Wyeth’s portraits of subjects such as his wife, Phyllis Wyeth; John F. Kennedy (commissioned by family members after his death); Rudolf Nureyev; and Andy Warhol; which will be shown alongside a selection of preparatory drawings and studies that offer a window into the artist’s immersive approach to portraiture. The exhibition will also feature landscapes of the worlds he inhabits in the Brandywine Valley and the Midcoast of Maine—especially the islands of Tenants Harbor and Monhegan—still lifes of pumpkins (a fascination from his youth) and the many animals and birds that are part of his family and surroundings. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and accompanied by an extensively illustrated catalogue, the exhibition will travel to two additional venues.

Horace Pippin (1888-1946), Saying

Prayers, 1943, oil on canvas.

Horace Pippin: The Way I See It

April 18 through July 26, 2015

This major exhibition, the first in more than 20 years, re-examines Horace Pippin (1888-1946), an artist esteemed for his bold, colorful and candid paintings reflecting life in the African American community and commenting on race, religion, war and history. The exhibition will look closely at Pippin as an artist with a remarkable singular vision who stood outside the mainstream art world, upholding his own aesthetic sensibility while also engaging in the larger social issues of the day. 

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) The Drowning, 1936.

Oil on canvas.

Rural Modernism

August 5 through November 6, 2016

The story of how modern art first arrived in the United States takes many forms. Variations include tales of American artists abroad, neatly packing modernist styles into their suitcases and returning home; the emigration of major European modernists such as Marcel Duchamp during World War I; and the onslaught of modernist styles on view at the Armory Show of 1913. Undoubtedly each of these narratives, and others, play a part in the formation of American modernist styles. One of the commonalities of the history of American modernism is the importance of American cities, particularly New York, for ushering in avant-garde styles. This, however, is only the beginning of the story. (read more)


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