Mission: The brandywine conservancy & museum of art is committed to the belief that preservation and wise use of natural and cultural resources provide health, education, beauty and increased quality of life for individuals and communities. The brandywine assures present and future generations of open space, dependable water supplies, historical sites and important works of american art, and also provides an understanding of the meaning and potential of these, both separately and in relation to each other. The brandywine preserves, protects, interprets, utilizes and displays these resources through its brandywine river museum of art & brandywine conservancy.
Programs: The brandywine river museum of art activities, programs and facilities provide preservation of and public access to significant artistic and historic objects. Since 1971, the museum has developed an important collection of american art with particular emphasis on the art of the brandywine valley (as described elsewhere in this return) and organized and presented to the public hundreds of exhibitions, many of which have been accompanied by unique scholarly publications devoted to enlarging the history of american art. Through diverse education programs designed for students, children and adults, the museum provides an understanding and appreciation of the history and importance of the objects in its collections and special exhibitions. More than 5 million people have visited the museum, including visitors from throughout the united states and many other countries who are aware of the brandywine river museum of art's dedication to particular aspects of american art including regional art, illustration, still life painting, and traditions in landscape painting.
the brandywine conservancy works for preservation and wise management of natural, historic and scenic resources of the brandywine valley and surrounding areas with particular and strong emphasis on the preservation of water supplies and agriculture. Through this program, the conservancy acquires conservation easements on open spaces and often on historic lands and, as of this filing, has more than 400 easements which are regularly monitored to assure landowner's compliance with the restrictions in each easement. The program also provides assistance to municipal governments in the region on environmental issues such as stormwater management, ordinances of various types affecting land and water resources, and land use planning. The conservancy owns more than 2,300 acres of land which it carefully manages to help preserve water resources and to serve as models of high standards in the stewardship of natural and agricultural lands.
Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.
I remember as a child in High School visiting the museum and seeing Night Sleepers for the first time. I was so mesmerized as I listened to the tour guide say that the work was done with egg tempera. In my mind all I heard was eggs. I thought wow Andrew Wyeth paints with eggs. Even though that was strange to me the work stayed with me forever. I am now an egg tempera painter myself, showing my work nationally, winning awards, and painting beautiful works in egg tempera. I owe it all to that one visit as a child that haunted me with the beauty of Andrew's work. I live in Texas now so I don't get to visit as often as I would like. However every time I go back to PA one of my most important goals is to always go back to the museum where I got the original inspiration as a child to be an artist and breathe anew in the magic that is the Wyeth family tradition.