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For Immediate Release:

BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM TO OFFER FREE ADMISSION
FOR ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM DIRECTORS'
CELEBRATION OF ART MUSEUM DAY ON MAY 18, 2013

Visitors are encouraged to share their museum experiences
throughout the celebrations via social media

Chadds Ford, PA May 1, 2013-The Brandywine River Museum will offer free admission on May 18 as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Last year, the Brandywine River Museum-along with more than 120 other AAMD member museums across North America-participated in Art Museum Day. "It is a pleasure for us to join our AAMD colleagues across the country in a celebration of art," said Brandywine River Museum director Thomas Padon. "The museum's renowned holdings of American art affirms the creative brilliance of generations of artists who have been influenced by and worked in the Brandywine Valley," Padon added.

In 2012, AAMD launched an initiative encouraging visitors of all ages to share their experiences of Art Museum Day through social media. Last year's event prompted an outpouring of responses with tweets, "check-ins" via FourSquare, and personal responses from across North America. The Brandywine River Museum invites visitors to continue the conversation this year by sharing their perspectives via social media with the hashtag #artmuseumday.

In addition to the Brandywine River Museum's permanent collection, visitors on Art Museum Day can see Andrew Wyeth's "Ides of March:" The Making of a Masterpiece. This exhibition offers a historic opportunity to view Andrew Wyeth's rarely-seen tempera painting, Ides of March (1974), along with more than 30 of the studies that were instrumental in his development of the composition. Assembled together for the first time, these provide remarkable insight into the artist's evocative imagery and creative approach.

"Art museums bring communities together and engage people of every background in the shared exploration of human expression across time and cultures," said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. "AAMD is so pleased that the Brandywine River Museum is joining us in celebrating Art Museum Day and is encouraging everyone in their community to participate and share their experiences in a public forum."

Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums. These member institutions-located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico-include regional museums as well as large international museums. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD's Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM's global celebration.

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website (http://www.aamd.org/). Note that while AAMD's Art Museum Day and ICOM's International Museum Day are formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

The Brandywine River Museum, located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for students and children ages 6-12; free for children under six and Brandywine Conservancy members. Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon through November 24, except on May 26 during the annual Antiques Show. Visitors may also take guided tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, the N.C. Wyeth House & Studio and the Kuerner Farm for an additional fee. For details, please visit www.brandywinemuseum.org or call 610-388-2700.

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Contacts: Hillary Holland or Lora Englehart, 610-388-8337 or inquiries@brandywine.org/610-388-8337




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