Our mission is to find and conserve Jim Brewton's artwork, ultimately ensuring that the works are preserved for posterity. As she searched for artwork, interviewing Jim's friends and collectors, Emily uncovered some wonderful caches of Jim's papers and ephemera. After sifting through the things and savoring them, what then? She's been storing them in cardboard boxes in her clothes closet, which is not ideal.
Thanks to our involvement with 'Philadelphia a la Pataphysique,' we've found a permanent home for the collection at the University of Pennsylvania's Special Collections Libraries. We're delighted about the donation!
Special thanks to Ronald & Patricia Weingrad; and Gerry Larrison & Nanie Lafitte ~ through Larrison's sister, Patricia Wright: without them, there would be very little ephemera to collect.
Much gratitude, as ever, to Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and former Curator of Modern Art at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michael has been our leading light since we formed the Brewton Foundation in 2008.
And many thanks to David McKnight, Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Penn’s Kislak Center; Katie Price, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute and Penn English doctoral alumna; and John Heon, educational consultant, independent scholar, and Penn English doctoral alumnus.