Andrew Wyeth's "Burning Off": Context & Meaning

  • 1 Quinlan Street Randolph College
  • Lynchburg, VA 24503

This lecture by Ellen Schall Agnew will focus on the three Wyeth paintings in the collection of the Maier Musuem of Art at Randolph College, two by Andrew Wyeth (Burning Off, 1961 and On Teel’s Island, n.d. ) and one by his son, Jamie Wyeth (Pumpkin at Sea, 1971). The works of art will be considered in the context of the artists’ lives and body of work, as well their acquisition into the College's collection of American art. The important relationship of art institutions and the collectors who support them will also be examined.

Agnew worked at the Maier Museum of Art for 23 years, from 1984 to 2007, initally as the Maier's first full-time curator and director, and then as part-time associate director. Prior to that she worked at The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. While at the Maier, Agnew organized over 100 exhibitions including a five-city national tour of selections from the Museum’s collection of American art.

Agnew is an independent curator whose exhibition, "Inside Looking Out: The Art of Queena Stovall," is currently at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond. The exhibition and catalogue were organized by the Daura Gallery at the University of Lynchburg (formerly Lynchburg College.)

Agnew received her B.A degree in art history from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1980 and her M.A. degree in art history from Binghamton University in 1983. Agnew returns to the Maier Museum of Art both to celebrate her many years of friendship with Paul and Sandra Whitehead and to honor Sandra’s memory by presenting the First Annual Sandra S. Whitehead Memorial Lecture.

  • 1 Quinlan Street Randolph College
  • Lynchburg, VA 24503