The Delaware Art Museum celebrates the career of e. jean lanyon with this Distinguished Artist exhibition. Educated at Goddard College and Chouinard Art Institute, lanyon is well known for her work as a visual artist and poet. She has woven these two creative impulses together throughout her life. In 1979, lanyon was appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Delaware, and in this role, she worked to encourage the broad appreciation of poetry across the state. The Biggs Museum of American Art presented the retrospective, As the Poet Paints, in 2012, surveying her published works and plein air watercolors. This exhibition, e. jean lanyon: The Magic Language, will feature the artist’s illustrations, which utilize that essential element of art, the line, to deftly convey a story.
The Distinguished Artist Series is a celebration of those artists who have impacted contemporary art in the greater Brandywine Valley through their artistic practices, teaching, and support of the community and its various institutions. Through unique exhibitions, this series surveys artists’ legacies as they relate to local, national, and international trends. With her deep ties to the visual and literary arts across the state and her commitment to sharing her knowledge with numerous students, e. jean lanyon’s legacy is rooted in the artistic communities of Delaware.
e. jean lanyon: The Magic Language was organized by the Delaware Art Museum. This exhibition is made possible by the Edgar A. Thronson Foundation Illustration Exhibition Fund. Additional support was provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.