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MS048: Bernard Brenner Collection

Identifier: MS048

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection span the years 1950-2004. Most of the sculptures given to WPI were created in the 1990s, of forged steel. The bulk of the paper collection, including photographs, news clippings and most of the drawings and paintings, is from the 1950s and 1960s. The collection includes 63 pieces of sculpture by Bernard Brenner. These pieces are listed in Series 2. The rest of the collection is made up of biographical materials, primarily about Mr. Brenner's work, including news clippings and exhibit catalogs; art work using paints, pastels, charcoal and pencil, ranging from the 1950s-2000s; photographs, negatives and slides, mainly of Brenner's sculptures; and computer-generated art, both black and white and color, most of which was created in the 1980s. Note on condition of materials: Some preservation work needs to be done in the future, particularly with the photographs. Also, there has been no attempt to catalog photographs, slides and negatives by specific subjects. For this reason, some boxes have only a general description and not a folder list. Any notes with materials were probably made by Mr. Brenner's daughter, Rebecca. Materials are in document cases unless otherwise noted.


  • 1955 - 2003

Biographical / Historical

Bernard Brenner was born in Philadelphia in 1927. After serving in the Army Air Force, he graduated from Dakota Wesleyan. After graduation, Brenner began painting and sculpting full-time. Later he attended graduate school at Temple University, where he studied clinical psychology. He worked for over 10 years as a clinical psychologist for the Devereaux Foundation, a school for children with mental disabilities, and during this time conducted studies on the use of art in therapy. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Drexel University as a professor of the humanities. Bernard Brenner died in Pennsylvania in 2004. Most of Bernard Brenner's sculpture is in cast bronze or forged steel, and was created from the 1950s to the 1990s. His pieces are abstract and expressionistic. He completed more than two dozen public commissions, exhibited in over a hundred group shows and had more than 20 one-man shows. Brenner collaborated with other artists, including long working relationships with J. Fuhrman and Greg Leavitt.


7 Linear Feet (11 boxes of papers, photographic material and art) : Sculptures stored in ASC and on display throughout the library

Language of Materials



This collection is comprised of 63 sculptures created by Bernard Brenner, plus Mr. Brenner's paper archives. These include photographs of many of Mr. Brenner's sculptures besides those given to WPI, sketchbooks, drawings and paintings, computer-generated art, and news articles and publications about Mr. Brenner's work.

Bernard Brenner Collection
Margaret Anderson and Eric Evan-Browning
November 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the WPI Manuscript Collections Repository

100 Institute Rd
George C. Gordon Library
Worcester MA 01609 USA