Work by Late Professor Edna Andrade at Locks Gallery, Print Center

Optical Art abstractions by the beloved Painting faculty member on display concurrently with never-before-exhibited works on paper

September 10, 2012

Locks Gallery and the Print Center in Philadelphia will showcase the work of late Painting Professor Edna Andrade, a beloved UArts teacher and mentor who died at the age of 91 in 2008.

"Edna Andrade, Works on Paper: 1959–1962" runs through October 13 at Locks Gallery (600 Washington Square South) and features works drawn from the artist's estate that have not been previously exhibited.

"Gemini 66," 1966; screenprint, edition 41/50, 29" x 29"

The Locks exhibit coincides with the first comprehensive survey of Andrade's prints, a retrospective of her Optical Art abstractions titled "Color Motion: Edna Andrade Prints," on view September 14 through November 17 at the Print Center (1614 Latimer Street). An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The show includes a print on loan from the UArts Archives.

Professor Andrade began her career as an art teacher in the Norfolk, Va., public schools and later taught at Tulane University. She moved to Philadelphia in 1946, and during the late 1940s and '50s did freelance drafting for architects, including plans for Philadelphia's airport. She had her first major solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in 1954 and was hired at the University of the Arts in 1958.

"Atom Cloud," 1961; watercolor on paper, 20" x 28 1/8"

As a painter, she began as a realist, but in the late 1950s ventured into geometrical abstraction that created stunning optical effects and became a leading practitioner of Optical Art. Late in her life she moved away from abstraction and returned to realism.

A UArts faculty member for more than 30 years, Professor Andrade received a posthumous HDFA at the University’s 2008 Commencement ceremony.

Her paintings, drawings and prints are in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass., the Yale University Art Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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