The Loper Tradition: Paintings by Edward Loper, Sr. and Edward Loper, Jr.

March 23, 2019 - August 4, 2019

Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son, Loper, Jr., was equally prolific, taught at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, and participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the region. Their styles, though different, are distinct for their approach to form and color and show the acknowledgment of modernist traditions from the turn of the 20th century. This is the first comprehensive, museum exhibition to showcase the paintings of these two important artists together. Assembled from the collections of the Delaware Art Museum, other public institutions, local corporations, and private individuals, the exhibition celebrates the Loper tradition and its continued artistic impact on the region.

Research for this exhibition has been undertaken by Dr. Leslie Wingard through the support of the Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellowship.

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Lopers on Film

Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son, Loper, Jr., was equally prolific, taught at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, and participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the region. This presentation brings together two documentaries made of these exceptional painters. Teleduction’s 1999 Mid-Atlantic Emmy award winning Edward L. Loper: Prophet of Color will be paired with a new documentary of Loper, Jr. by Philadelphia’s Senior Artist Initiative bringing the words and pictures of father and son together on the screen. These screenings are organized by the Delaware Art Museum.

ABOUT THE DISTINGUISHED ARTIST SERIES

The Distinguished Artist Series is a celebration of those artists who have impacted contemporary art in the greater Wilmington area through their artistic practices, teaching, and support of the community and its various institutions. Through unique exhibitions, the series will present exhibitions of these artists, surveying their legacies as they relate to local, national, and international trends. Learn more.