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Story by Bill Landauer, photos by Clay Wegrzynowicz and Michael Kubel

Charles Burwell, a painter from Philadelphia, spoke with students from the Africana studies and art programs about his life and work as an artist for more than 40 years.

His work began in the 1970s during the minimalist movement in Philadelphia. “You look at a whole range of work and something grabs you,” Burwell says of his early evolution as an artist. “And then you look at someone who does similar work. And then you see that this connects to this and that connects to that. And then you step back and you get a picture of what you respond to and what you’re like.”

Burwell, who today splits his time between Philadelphia and his new home and studio in Bogota, Colombia, was the David L. Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Lecture Series speaker. A Yale MFA graduate, his work is featured in numerous collections, including Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Delaware Art Museum.

At Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute, Burwell worked on computers to develop a screen-printing project that will result in an edition of 50 prints. He also spoke with students in an Africana Studies class.

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