Andrade graduated in 1937 from the joint fine arts program of the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). She was a beloved and influential instructor at the University of the Arts from 1958 to 1982. She often assigned her students exercises she called “problems with colors and shapes,” to demonstrate how a color may seem to advance or recede according to its placement against another color.
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Bryn Mawr College, PAFA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the RISD Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. She received numerous awards and fellowships, including the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Arts and Culture Award for Visual Arts.