Philadelphia native Allan L. Edmunds earned his BFA and MFA at Temple University's Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, and is the founder of Brandywine Workshop and Archives.
Edmunds' priorities have always been education and mentoring young adults as well as advancing multiculturalism in the art world at the highest level—locally, nationally, and internationally—through art education and art creation in collaborative settings. For him, the highest form of creativity occurs when an artist creates something that expresses their authentic experience or viewpoint in a way that others understand and value.
Edmunds’ art is included in the permanent collections of the African American Museum in Philadelphia; Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Harvard University Museums, Cambridge, MA; University of Texas-Austin; and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.
He is a recipient of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts artist fellowships and was honored with the Education Achievement Award of The Print Center of Philadelphia. He is a former Getty Museum Management Fellow and Senior Research Associate in printmaking and computer graphics at the South Glamorgan School of Art, Cardiff, Wales.
Edmunds has worked tirelessly to bring the Artura.org website into existence and has served as its interim director for over a decade of planning, implementation, and initial operation. Edmunds personal archives are housed at the Charles L. Blockson Collection at Temple University, Philadelphia.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
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