The Brandywine River Museum of Art presents a a full calendar of exhibits and events for the late winter and early spring months. Please note: this events schedule is current as of February 9, 2015. Wisit for the latest updates.



Jamie Wyeth
Through April 5

A retrospective of the art of Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). Featuring more than 100 works, Jamie Wyeth examines six decades of the artist's career and charts the evolution of his creative process from his earliest childhood drawings through recurring themes inspired by the people, places and objects that populate his world.

At the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the exhibition is sponsored by Natalie and Herb Kohler on behalf of Kohler Co., and by David and Lisa Spartin. The national tour is sponsored by Bank of America.


Imagine Brandywine - Upland Country Day School
Through April 12

A multidisciplinary approach to magazine cover illustration is featured in this exhibition of aret from kindergarten through ninth grade students from Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Imagine Brandywine is sponsored by Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown.


Horace Pippin: The Way I See It
April 25 through July 19

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.


Imagine Brandywine - Friendship Elementary School
April 26 through July 26

Art inspired by the work of Horace Pippin will be featured in this exhibition by students from Friendship Elementary School in the Coatesville Area School District.


PNC Arts Alive for Families
"All in the Family"
Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m. to noon

Discover the incredible work of three generations of Wyeth family artists and create one-of-a-kind family portraits.

Free admission until noon.


Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus Concert
Sunday, March 1, 1 p.m.

The Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus will perform songs with the theme of "peace."

Included in Museum admission and free for Brandywine members.

Children's Read-Aloud Tours
Thursdays, March 5, 12, 26 and Tuesday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m.

Young children and their grown-ups hear a story, interact with art in the Museum and make their own creative works to take home. In addition, they will enjoy a special program on Tuesday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, with a reading of The Tallest Leprechaun by Emily Grace Koenig and green-themed art activities. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610.388.8382 or

March 5: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

March 12: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Tuesday, March 17: The Tallest Leprechaun by Emily Grace Koenig

March 26: The Great Kopek Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rail Forest by Lynne Cherry (in conjunction with Longwood Gardens' Community Read program).

Included with Museum admission and free for Brandywine members. The Read-Aloud Program is made possible by Joseph and Diane Packer in memory of Emily Grace Koenig.

David Wiesner: Storytelling with Pictures Lecture and book signing
Sunday, March 15, 1 to 3 p.m.

Enter into the imagination of three-time Caldecott Medal winner David Wiesner as he discusses the creative process behind writing and illustrating his popular children's books. Immediately following the presentation, Wiesner will sign copies of his beautifully illustrated books, including the three award-winning titles, Flotsam, Tuesday, and The Three Pigs, available for purchase in the Museum shop.

The talk is best for ages 10 and up; all ages are welcome to meet the artist at the book signing. No registration required. Free for members and included in Museum admission.

Art Class with Karl J. Kuerner
Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays, March 21 to May 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Immerse yourself in Kuerner Farm, a source of inspiration for Andrew Wyeth for over 70 years, and a featured property on the National Register of Historic Places, with an art class led by Karl J. Kuerner. As the grandson of two of Andrew Wyeth's best-known subjects and a student of Carolyn Wyeth, Karl's personal experiences with the farm provide special insight into the property and its rich history. Register online at or call 610.388.8326.

$250 per person, $200 for Brandywine members.

Jamie Wyeth Curator's Tour
Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m.

Led by Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator.

Included in Museum admission and free for Brandywine members.

Historic Property Tours
Daily, April 1 through November 22

Learn more about the artists on tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, both National Historic Landmarks sites, and the Kuerner Farm. Each property may be toured individually or on package tours.

$8, Brandywine members free, each tour, in addition to Museum admission.

Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 11, discussion at 1 p.m.

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. One day each year people all over the world visit local museums to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. To participate at the Museum, send an e-mail to or call 610.388.8382. On April 11, visit the Museum between

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to view the selected works and join the Slow Art discussion group in the Museum cafe at 1 p.m. Lunch is available for purchase.

Included in Museum admission and free for Brandywine members.

PNC Arts Alive for Families
"Spring into Action"
Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon

Find action and adventure in illustrations for classic tales and add dynamic characters and movement to your own painted creations.

Free admission until noon.

Annual Brandywine River Cleanup
Saturday, April 18

The Brandywine is the drinking water source for the City of Wilmington and parts of New Castle County, Delaware. Cleaning up the river and its banks is important to all who use, live near, or are affected by the Brandywine. For the 22nd year, the Young Friends of the Brandywine will clean 12 miles of the Brandywine from Lenape outside West Chester to Thompson's Bridge in Delaware.

To date, they have removed over 32 tons of trash, including car batteries, ladders, a metal bed frame, a surfboard, and hundreds of tires. Volunteers are advised to wear long pants, heavy shoes or boots, and sunscreen. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. This is a family-friendly event for children over the age of 5. Groups are welcome. To volunteer or for more information, contact Kathy Freney Smith at 610.388.8315 or send an e-mail to

"Spring Mix" - Musical Performance by students from The Tatnall School
Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m.

Included with Museum admission and free for Brandywine members

"Taking Tea: The Tea Table in 18th Century Britain and America" Lecture
Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m. Galleries open at 6 p.m.

Join Brock Jobe, professor of historic interiors, decorative arts, and 20th-century design in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture for a fascinating look at the popularity of tea-drinking and the development of the tea table in the 18th century.
Light refreshments will be provided with a complimentary glass of wine. Coffee and desert will be provided after the lecture.

$30; $25 Brandywine members.

Tickets will be available online in March or by calling 610.388.8318.

Music on the Brandywine
Thursday, April 30, Performance at 7:30 p.m. Galleries open at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a performance by mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams, who has won numerous prestigious international awards. She holds a master's degree from the Yale School of Music and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Williams will be accompanied by pianist Sejoon Park. Arrive early to tour the museum and enjoy small plates and full bar (available for purchase). Tickets will be available online in mid-March, by phone at 610.388.8326, or at the Museum. Please click here for the concert program.

PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families
"A Splash of Red"
Sunday, May 3, 10 a.m. to noon

Experience Horace Pippin's bold use of color and experiment with vibrant hues while learning more about this renowned artist, the subject of the Brandywine's latest exhibition. Author Jen Bryant will also be on hand to read and sign copies of her children's book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin.

Free admission until noon.

True to Himself: The Art and Life of Horace Pippin
Wednesday, May 6, 6 p.m.

Join Audrey Lewis, associate curator of the Brandywine River Museum of Art and curator of the major exhibition, Horace Pippin: The Way I See It, and noted scholars Jacqueline Francis, associate professor of visual and critical studies at California College of the Arts, and Anne Monahan, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Modern Art at the Phillips Collection. The discussion will trace Pippin's development as a self-taught artist with a unique, profound vision whose bold and powerful paintings brought him national recognition. Pippin's place in the context of American art and the significance of history, memory and imagination in his work will be explored. The Museum will open at 5:30 p.m., and a reception will follow the program.

Tickets are available online or by calling 610.388.8326.

$20, $15 for Brandywine members.

Wildflower and Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate spring and help sustain the nature around you with wildflowers, native plants and seeds from the Brandywine Conservancy's annual sale. Conservancy staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide planting and horticultural information. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Conservancy's diverse and beautiful gardens.

Free admission.

Curator's Tour
Wednesday, May 13, 2 p.m.

Associate Curator Audrey Lewis will discuss Horace Pippin: The Way I See It

Included in Museum admission and free for Brandywine members.

Radnor Hunt Races
Saturday, May 16

A Main Line spring tradition, this race at the Radnor Hunt in Malvern, Pennsylvania, attracts the best runners in steeple chasing. Admission is by advance sale only. To reserve your spot, go to or call 610-388-8383. "Racing for Open Space" benefits the Brandywine Conservancy's environmental programs.

Antiques Show Preview
Friday, May 22, 6 - 9 p.m.

A preview of the Brandywine River Museum's 43rd annual Antiques Show with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music. For more information, visit or call 610.388.2700.

$125 per person

Brandywine River Museum of Art Antiques Show
Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fine antiques including furniture, rugs, porcelain, needlework and more from 30 distinguished dealers.

$18 per person, $45 for a 3-day pass

Antiques Show Breakfast & Tour
Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m.

Continental breakfast followed by a tour of Plus Ultra: Moravian Tiles of the New World led by Brandywine River Museum of Art Associate Curator Amanda Burdan.

$30 per person

A Passion for Collecting: Antiques Show Dealers' Talks
Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Free with Antiques Show admission.