Jamie Wyeth Catalogue
Jamie Wyeth
Chronology
1946
James Browning Wyeth is born on July 6 in Wilmington, Delaware, south of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Third-generation American artist: son of Andrew Wyeth, among the country’s most popular figurative painters and grandson of Newell Convers Wyeth, famous for his distinctive illustrations for the classic novels by Robert Lewis Stevenson, James Fenimore Cooper and Sir Walter Scott. Two of his aunts, Carolyn Wyeth and Henriette (Wyeth) Hurd, and his uncles Peter Hurd and John McCoy are also painters.
 
1964
Paintings included in the permanent collections of the Wilmington Society of Art in Wilmington, DE, and in the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum in Rockland, ME, as well as in several private collections.
 
1966
He has the first solo exhibition at age 20, at Knoedler Gallery, NY. The exhibit includes 42 of his paintings.
 
While serving in Delaware Air National Guard, receives commission to paint the portrait of Charles L. Terry, Governer of Delaware, and a posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy. Serves through 1971.
 
1969
Solo exhibition, "Jamie Wyeth - Oils, Watercolors and Drawings", at the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, ME.
 
1971
Artwork is shown in a group exhibition with Andrew Wyeth and N.C. Wyeth at the newly opened Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.
 
1972
Appointed as a council member of the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
1973
Exhibition of the Wyeth family artists including Jamie's aunts and uncles at the Brandywine River Museum, PA.
 
1974
Sketched incidents in the Senate and Supreme Court relating to Watergate developments, as well as the tense courtroom scenes in Judge John J. Sirica’s trial of John D. Ehrlichman and other defendants.
 
Second solo show at the Coe Kerr Gallery, NY.
 
1975
First full retrospective at The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE with 72 drawings, watercolors, and oils exhibited, including portraits of John F. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, Paul Mellon and Andrew Wyeth.
 
Becomes a member of the board of governors of the National Space Institute.
 
Receives an honorary degree from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.
 
Nebraska Educational Television produced "A Portrait of Jamie Wyeth", a 30 minute documentary film.
 
1976
Attracts national attention with the portraits he and the late pop artist Andy Warhol did of one another exhibited at the Coe Kerr Gallery, NY.
 
1977
Solo show at the Coe Kerr Gallery in New York includes portraits of Rudolph Nureyev and Jimmy Carter.
 
1979
Illustrated his first children’s book, "The Stray", written by his mother, Betsy James Wyeth (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979).
 
1980
Museum retrospective, "Jamie Wyeth" at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA which takes place in conjunction with 175th year anniversary of the museum. The show included over 100 paintings and drawings, which traveled to the Greenville County Museum of Art, SC and the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, TX.
 
1981
Jamie is included in prestigious group exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts titled "Contemporary American Realism Since 1960".
 
1983
Receives an honorary degree from Dickinson School of Law, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.
 
Solo Exhibition titled "Jamie Wyeth in Alaska" at the Anchorage Fine Arts Museum, AK which traveled to University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks; and Alaska State Museum in Juneau. In conjuction with the museum exhibit, the Artique Ltd. Gallery in Anchorage shows "Jamie Wyeth in Alaska".
 
1984
Solo exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, ME.
 
1987
Receives an honorary degree from Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA.
 
Major exhibition featuring the work of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and James Wyeth, "An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art", at the Academy of the Arts of the USSR, St. Petersburg. The show traveled to: Academy of the Arts of the USSR, Moscow; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL; Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England; Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA.
 
1988
Receives an honorary degree from University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
 
1993
Receives an honorary degree from Westbrook College, Portland, ME.
 
1995
Solo exhibition at the Decatur House in Washington, D.C.
 
1997
Illustrated second children's book, "Cabbages and Kings", written by Elizabeth Seabrook, (Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Putnam Inc., 1997).
 
The Terra Museum of American Art’s exhibition, "N. C. Wyeth and His Grandson: A Legacy", shows his illustrations along with his grandfather’s.
 
2004
Continues to paint the people and wildlife of Maine and Pennsylvania. Within the past five years, some of his work has taken a surreal turn through exaggeration and embellishment of the lives of the rural folk.
 
Adelson Galleries, NY exhibited a small selection of drawings and mixed-media paintings commissioned for the ABC-TV dramatic series, "Kingdom Hospital", produced by Stephen King. The exhibit has traveled to the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center in Rockland, ME.
 
Lives with his wife, Phyllis, in Monhegan, ME and Chadds Ford, PA.
 
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