André Harvey Creative Fellowship

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Announcing the André Harvey Creative Fellowship

From stunningly lifelike sculpture to intricate jewelry, artist André Harvey expressed his art in many ways—with each and every work showing his joy and appreciation for all life. We are honored to continue his legacy of creativity, of passion, of beauty through the André Harvey Creative Fellowship.

The André Harvey Creative Fellowship at Longwood Gardens honors André’s legacy of spreading joy and appreciation through art by giving creative people the opportunity to immerse themselves in acres of beauty and to explore the themes of the natural world. Generously funded by a gift from Bobbie Harvey, this new biannual fellowship is awarded to creative professionals who, by celebrating the joy of nature, inspire empathy and love for the natural world through boundless curiosity, humor, a sense of wonder, and a spirit of endless innovation.

There’s something humbling about being alone with nature ... those private moments when, surrounded by nature, we think of our own destinies.

—André Harvey

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About André Harvey

Chloe and Lucinda, a life-size bronze sculpture by André Harvey, graces the Idea Garden and poignantly accentuates what this space is all about: creativity, growth, and heart. Gift of the artist’s wife, Bobbie Harvey. Photo by Becca Mathias.

Renowned Brandywine Valley artist André Harvey (1941–2018) made the world a better place. Through his trademark talent for creating breathtakingly realistic works, he pointed to the importance of our natural world and climate change through such work as Rain Before Morning (1985); the plight of such endangered species as manatees in The Survivor (1982) and green sea turtles in The Pilgrimage (1980); and so much more. Throughout his impressive volume of small- and large-scale works primarily cast in bronze and today featured in many public and private collections, his attention to detail is extraordinary … and it’s perhaps even more extraordinary that Harvey was completely self-taught. Many of Harvey’s works were inspired by his childhood, growing up near Chadds Ford, and his appreciation for his natural world subjects was deepened by the influence of his father, a conservationist.

Harvey found his passion for sculpture in 1969–1970 while traveling through Europe and Morocco with his wife, Bobbie, when apprenticing with abstract sculptor Michel Anasse in Vallauris, France. Upon his return to the States, he continued his artistic pursuit as a sculptor and the appreciation of his work was almost immediate with a window display at Tiffany & Co. in Manhattan. His work quickly became part of many notable collections. By the mid-1970s, Harvey, together with Bobbie—who by then had devoted herself full-time to the business of art—had built a following as strong as their partnership. His work has been featured in exhibitions within the United States and internationally, and can be found in multiple private and museum collections, including on permanent display at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. Harvey was a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and his archives are included in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Today, Bobbie runs the André Harvey Studio in Rockland, Delaware.

Longwood Gardens is the proud home of Harvey’s Chloe and Lucinda—a life-sized bronze sculpture of two goats—which has resided in our Idea Garden since its October 2020 installation.

Support for the Arts

The André Harvey Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of Bobbie Harvey and by the Pierre S. and Alice du Pont Founder’s Circle, which recognizes those who make the thoughtful decision to include Longwood Gardens in their estate plans.