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Andrew Wyeth's studio. Credit: Carlos Alejandro
CHADDS FORD, PA May 17, 2012 - Visitors may start to purchase tickets on June 1 for the most anticipated event of the summer--the opening of The Andrew Wyeth Studio for tours. It was in this Chadds Ford studio that Wyeth, one of the most beloved and significant artists in American history, painted many of his most important works of art.

On guided tours of the studio, visitors will gain insights into Wyeth's life, his working methods and sources of inspiration in the private space where he created many of his masterworks. They will learn about Wyeth's creative process and see his library, photos, film collection, fencing gear, military miniatures collection, costumes and props. Wyeth was a very private man, and his studio was his retreat from the world, its doors open to a very few close friends and family.

Wyeth painted in the studio from 1940 until 2008. The building also served as his home for two decades. He and his wife Betsy moved in shortly after their marriage in 1940, and lived there until 1961. They had two sons, Nicholas and Jamie. The building also served as Jamie's first studio where he painted many of his early works, including Draft Age and his posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy. The building was given to the Brandywine River Museum by the artist's wife, Betsy James Wyeth.

To purchase tickets
Ticket sales start on June 1 for tours from July 3 to November 18, 2012. Advanced, timed tickets will be required and may be purchased online. The cost is $8 per person in addition to Museum admission. Visitors must be age 6 and older. Tours will take place at 10, 10:45, and 11:30 a.m. and 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, through November 18. For complete details, please visit or call 610-388-2700.

A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio exhibition
In celebration of the opening of the Andrew Wyeth studio, the Brandywine River Museum presents A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio, on view through October 28, 2012. This exhibition features the artist's own view of his studio in paintings and drawings lent from private collections. These works, created between 1943 and 2005, reflect the artist's interest in the building's spare and aged interior and reveal informal moments with individuals who often posed there. The gallery also features many of the major works painted by Wyeth in the studio over his 70-year career.

Visitor Information
The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The Museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors; $6 for students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under six. Tickets for the Kuerner Farm and the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio tours cost an additional $8 each (free for members). For more information, including tour schedules, please call 610-388-2700 or visit

About the Brandywine River Museum
The Brandywine River Museum is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy. Founded in 1967, the Brandywine Conservancy preserves art and the environment, including the open space and countryside painted by many artists in the Museum collection. It holds more than 440 conservation easements and has protected over 45,000 acres in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Through its nationally recognized Environmental Management Center, the Conservancy provides services to landowners, farmers, municipalities and developers tailored to the character and function of the land, goals of the landowner, and interests of the community. In 2008, the Brandywine Conservancy was among the first land trusts in the country to be awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

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