Born 1937, Houston, TX

Lives and works in New York, NY; Plainfield, NJ; Accord, NY; and Dakar, Senegal

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

BFA, 1965, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

SELECTED INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

 2015     Retrospective Melvin Edwards, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX

2014      Melvin Edwards, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France

2012     Melvin Edwards, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY

            Melvin Edwards, Art 43 Basel, Switzerland

2010      Melvin Edwards: Sculptures 1964–2010, Alexander Gray Associates, New

           York, NY 2005         

           Melvin Edwards, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

            Melvin Edwards, CDS Gallery, New York, NY 2002          Melvin Edwards,    Dieu Donne, New York, NY

2001      Melvin Edwards, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ

2000      Melvin Edwards, Corroborations, Works of the 1990s, CDS Gallery, New York, NY

The Prints of A Sculptor, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

Conversation with Igun, Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments and Larger Works, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH 1998 Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

1996      The Way of Fire, CDS Gallery, New York, NY

Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments, The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

1995      Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963–1993, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

Melvin Edwards, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Melvin Edwards, Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego, CA

Melvin Edwards, Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, TX

1994      Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963–1993, The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL

Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963–1993, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Melvin Edwards, CDS Gallery, New York, NY

1993      Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963–1993, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY

Melvin Edwards Lynch Fragments, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

Lynch Fragments, CDS Gallery, New York, NY

 

1992      Melvin Edwards, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA

Mel Edwards: “The Lynch Fragment Series”, Eugene Johnson Gallery of Art, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN

1991      Lynch Fragments: Selected Small Sculptures by Mel Edwards, Hammonds House Galleries and Resource Center of African-American Art, Atlanta, GA

Project 1: Melvin Edwards: The “Lynch Fragment Series”, Oklahoma City Art Museum on the Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City, OK

Mel Edwards: Sculptures/Drawings, Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford, NJ 1990          Sculpture by Melvin Edwards, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

Melvin Edwards Sculpture: Fragments of a Decade 1980–1990, Montclair State College Art Gallery, Montclair, NJ

Melvin Edwards Sculpture, De Luce Gallery Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

Melvin Edwards: Recent Sculpture, CDS Gallery, New York, NY

1989      Sculpture of Melvin Edwards, Korn Gallery, Madison College, Madison, NJ

Memories Forming the Future: Sculpture of Melvin Edwards, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Melvin Edwards Sculpture, Extension Gallery, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ 1986    Mel Edwards Sculpture, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1985      Mel Edwards: Lynch Fragment Series, Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

The Sculpture of Mel Edwards, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Drawings, Monoprints, and Maquettes by Melvin Edwards, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ 1984 The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards, UNESCO, Paris, France

1983      Mel Edwards: Drawings for Southern Sunrise, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC

1982      The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards, Sculpture Center Gallery, New York, NY 1981             Sculpture by Mel Edwards, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

1980      Melvin Edwards: Recent Sculpture, Fragments, and Larger Works, 55 Mercer, New York, NY

Sculpture by Mel Edwards, Lusaka, Zambia American Cultural Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Melvin Edwards, YM-YMHA Greene Lane, Union, NJ 1979         Melvin Edwards, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ 1978      Melvin Edwards, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

1974      Lines, Carpenter Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 1972            Melvin Edwards, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

1970      Melvin Edwards, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 1968                Melvin Edwards, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Melvin Edwards, Barnsdall Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

1965      Melvin Edwards, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2014      Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Beyond the Spectrum: Abstraction in African American Art, 1950-1975, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

2013      African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH

            Assembly Required: Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Blues for Smoke, curated by Bennet Simpson, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2012      Blues for Smoke, curated by Bennet Simpson, The Geffen Contempoary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, Pacific Standard Time exhibition initiative, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY

Paper Space: Drawings by Sculptors, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1945-1970, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Magical Visions: Ten Contemporary African American Artists, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, curated by Keith Morrison, Newark, DE

2011      Paper Trails: Selected Works from the Collection, 1934–2001, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Inside & Out: Melvin Edwards and Peter Saul, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1945-1970,

J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, Pacific Standard Time exhibition initiative,

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Sculpted, Etched and Cut: Metal Works from the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

2010      Abstract Relations, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Art in Embassies Exhibition, curated by Rhea Anastas, U.S. Embassy Residence, Warsaw, Poland

Art Collection of the United States Embassy, U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Dak’art 2010, Dakar, Senegal

What Matters, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

Americanana, Hunter College, New York, NY

2008      Melvin Edwards, Museu Afrobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil 2007         Valencia Biennial, Valencia, Spain

2006      Energy/Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction 1964-1980, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

L.A. Object and David Hammons Body Prints, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

2005      The Bristol-Myers Squibb Sculpture Project, Bristol-Myers Squibb Park, New Brunswick, NJ Something to Look Forward To, curated by Bill Hutson, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY Reaction (1945-1963), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Utah Museum

 of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT

Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA

2004      Something to Look Forward To, curated by Bill Hutson, The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

How Sculptors See, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

2003      African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, New York

           Historical Society, New York, NY

Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, FL

Watts:Art & Social Change in Los Angeles, 1965-2002, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

2001      Expanding on a Legacy: American Art From the Montclair Art Museum, UBS Paine Webber Art

         Gallery, New York, NY

American Identities: A New Look, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY

Material and Matter, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY 2000               Welded! Sculpture of the Twentieth Century, Neuberger Museum of Art,

Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY

Public Voices, Private Visions: African American Art 2000, curated by Ned Harris, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY

Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

1999      New Jersey Fine Arts Annual, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

26 Sculptors in Their Environments, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY 1998             Histories (Re)membered, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

African American Art from the New Jersey State Museum Collection, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Stages of Creation: Public Sculpture by National Academicians, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York, NY1996 Sculpture From New Jersey, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

Sculpture: New Jersey, Ramapo College Art Gallery, Mahway, NJ

Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House, The White House, Washington, DC

Tragic Wake: The Legacy of Slavery and the African Diaspora in Contemporary American Art, Spirit Square Center for Arts and Education, Charlotte, NC

1997      Sculpture Biennial, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY

CDS Gallery, The Art Show, New York, NY

1996      Texas Modern and Post-Modern, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 1995        Editions, Skoto Gallery, New York, NY

Melvin Edwards, Richard Hunt, Lester Johnson, Stephen Procuniar Editions 1974–1991, Pharos Gallery, New York, NY

The Listening Sky, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Civil Rights Now, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

Melvin Edwards, Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, TX

The Iguana Hat: The Artist’s Quest for Symbols of the Self, SciosNova, Miami, FL

1994      Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African American Presence, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Strategies of Narration, Cairo Biennial & Tour Printmaking Workshop, NY Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

25th Anniversary Exhibition, Cinque Gallery, New York, NY

Sources, Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

 

1993      The Mask in Contemporary Art, Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX

New Jersey Arts Annual, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Recollections/Resistances/Reconstruction, Hillwood Art Gallery, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, Brookville, NY

Fujisankei Biennial, Utsukushi-Ga-Hara Museum, Nagano, Japan

1992      Present Tense, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

The Expanding Circle: A Selection of African-American Art, The Gallery at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Princeton, NJ

The Order of Things: Toward a Politic of Still Life, Real Art Ways at Widener Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Gifted Visions: African American Artists, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT

Bridges and Boundaries: African-Americans and American Jews, presented by

The Jewish Museum, New York, NY at The New York Historical Society, New York, NY

Three Voices: Thirty Years of Afro-American Expression, Shircliff Gallery of Art, Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN

In Plural America: Contemporary Journeys Voices and Identities, The Hudson River Museum Yonkers, NY

Warriors:The Guerreros, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African-American Presence, Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui, Japan

Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima, Japan Otani Art Museum, Otani, Japan

Ante America, curated by Gerardo Mosquera, Rachel Weiss, and Carolina Ponce de León, Biblioteca Luis-Ángel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, CA Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Spencer Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica 1991 Sculpture: Seven Artists of the 90’s, CDS Gallery, New York, NY

Espiritu & Materia; Estetica Alternativa Norteamericana, Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela

Bertoia, Buhana, Edwards, Mitchell: Sculpture Update, Diggs Galery, Winston-Salem University, Winston-Salem, NC

Discarded, Rockland Center for Arts, West Nyack, NY

Small Scale Sculpture, Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX

The Harlem Renaissance Remembered, Brownson Art Gallery, Manhattanville College,

 Purchase, NY

Spirit Calls, Artworks Gallery, Hartford, CT

Spiritual Cargo: Shamanistic Manifestations, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Artists of Conscience: 16 Years of Social and Political Commentary, Alternative Museum, New York, NY

African American Works on Paper from the Cochran Collection, New Visions Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1990      The Blues Esthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, curated by Richard J. Powell, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

Formulation and Representation: Recent Abstract Sculpture, Bertha and Karl Luebsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY

 

Steelworks, curated by Phyllis Tuchman and Carola van den Houten, USX Tower, Pittsburgh, PA

: CDiverse Representations 1990, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, NY New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Inaugural Exhibition, Abington Art Center Sculpture Garden, Jenkintown, PA

A Force of Repetition, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

New History: Sculptural Installations, Atlanta College Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Two Generations of Sculptors, New Jersey Sculptors and Their Students, The Gallery at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Princeton, NJ

Legacies: African American Artists, New Jersey Center for Visual Art, Summit, NJ

Painted Forms: Recent Metal Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY

1989      Bronze and Steel: Sculpture by Melvin Edwards and Robert T. Cooke, Pyramid Gallery, New York, NY

Introspective: Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Descent, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

Traditions and Transformations: Contemporary Afro-American Sculpture, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY

Afro American Abstractions in Printmaking, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, organized by Washington Project for the Arts, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC

Melvin Edwards, Newton Art Center, Newton, MA

1988      Committed to Print, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY Sculpture: Inside, Outside, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN Affinities: Idioms/Aesthetics/Intents, Jamaica Art Center, Jamaica, NY

Traces of History: Art of Afro-America, Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

The Law & Order Show, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

Outside In, New York Cultural Center, New York, NY

Making The Main Stream, Florida Southern University, Lakeland, FL

Public Art, California African American Museum, Old Westbury College Gallery, Long Island, NY

Committed to Print, The Museum of Modern Art, New York,  1987   The Law & Order Show, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY 

The Afro-American Artist in the Age of Cultural Pluralism, The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

Outside In, New York Cultural Center, New York, NY

Making the Mainstream, SVC Fine Arts Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Public Art, The Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles, CA

Melvin Edwards, Old Westbury College Gallery, Westbury,  1986            Black Visions, City Hall, New York, NY

Liberty and Justice, Alternative Museum, New York, NY

Irons in the Fire, Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

Contemporary Sculpture Selection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

Inaugural, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY

1985      Traditions and Conflict: Images of a Turbulent Decade, 1963–1973, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

1984      Since the Harlem Renaissance, The Center Gallery of Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Art: For and Against, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY

Celebration: Eight Afro-American Artists Selected by Romare Bearden, Louis Abrons Arts of Living Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY

Contra-Apartheid, UNESCO, Paris, France

East-West: Contemporary American Art, California Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles, CA Artists in Celebration of Black History Month, Trenton State College Art Gallery, Trenton, NJ Sculpture, Gallery of Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD Sticks and Stones: Modern and Post-Modern Sculpture, Kenkeleba House, New York, NY Sculpture from Rutgers, Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ New Jersey Arts Inclusion Program 1978-84, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum,

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Melvin Edwards, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, State University of New York at Westbury, NY

3 Artists in Celebration of Black History Month, Trenton State College Art Gallery, Trenton, NJ 1983       Var for New York, Futura Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

The War Show, University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY

5 Sculptors, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

Art in Public, Chicago Sculptural Society, Chicago, IL

Celebrating Contemporary American Black Artists, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, NY

4 Sculptors, Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York, NY

Young TalentAwards 1963–83, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Environmental Sculpture, Chicago Sculptural Center, Chicago, IL 1982               Mayor Byrnes’ Mile of Sculpture, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

The 4 Directions, Gallery of the American Indian Community House, New York, NY Sacred Artifacts: Common Objects of Devotion, Alternative Museum, New York, NY Ritual and Myth: A Survey of African American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY Works on Paper, Woodson Regional Library, Chicago, IL

Black Artists: Recent Attitudes II, California State University, Fresno, CA

Visual Politics, Alternative Museum, New York, NY

Afro-American Abstraction, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1981      Mel Edwards and Greg Edwards: Sculpture and Works on Paper, University Art Gallery, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY

Outdoor Sculpture at the Aquarium, Niagara Falls, NY

Melvin Edwards, Cinque Gallery, New York, NY

Focus Southern Africa: Details of the Struggle, Countee Cullen Library, New York, NY

Melvin Edwards, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY 1980                Melvin Edwards, YW-YMHA, Green Lane, Union, NJ

Sculpture Today: Tradition and Non-Traditional, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Afro-American Abstraction, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN The Art Center, South Bend, IN

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

1979      3 Sculptors, The Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

1977      Melvin Edwards, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Melvin Edwards, Henry O. Tanner Gallery, New York, NY

Drawn and Matched, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Environmental Sculpture, Robert Moses Plaza, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

The Concept as Art, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York, NY

Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture: FESTAC ’77, Lagos, Nigeria

Melvin Edwards, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 1976            Resonance: Williams/Edwards/Gilliam, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 1975  76 Jefferson, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Sculpture Invitational, Gallery Ariadne, New York, NY

Melvin Edwards, Cinque Gallery, New York, NY

1974      Gilliam / Edwards / Williams: Extensions, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Melvin Edwards, Carpenter Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 1973       Melvin Edwards, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

Sculpture Three: New York Artists on Tour, World Trade Center, New York, NY

1972      Edwards, Gilliam, Williams, Wabash Transit Gallery of Chicago School of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, IL

New York Artists at Storm King, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY 1971                  Artist as Advocate, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Melvin Edwards, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

Whitney Annual – Contemporary American Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1970      Paperworks, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Melvin Edwards, The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Dimensions of Black Art, La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA

Melvin Edwards, Rental Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1969      Melvin Edwards, Andrew Dickinson White Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

California Crafts Survey, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, CA

Five + 1, Frank Bowling, Melvin Edwards, Al Loving, William T. Williams, Daniel L. Johnson, Jack Whitten, Art Gallery at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY,

Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

X to the 4th Power, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

1968      New Voices, American Greeting Gallery, Pan Am Building, New York, NY

Thirty Contemporary Black Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN 1967                  Melvin Edwards, California State College, Northridge, CA

Melvin Edwards, San Fernando Valley State College, San Fernando Valley, CA

Melvin Edwards, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1966                  Melvin Edwards, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

The Negro in American Art, organized by Frederick S. Wight, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

1965      Melvin Edwards, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Melvin Edwards, Richard Grey Gallery, Chicago, IL

Five Younger Los Angeles Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA 1962                 Annual, La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA

1960      Melvin Edwards, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC ARTWORK

 

2012      Column of Memory, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba 2008       Transcendence, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

2003      Transformations in the Light, Miami University, Oxford, OH 1993             Safe Journey, Department of Motor Vehicles, Eatontown, NJ 1991    Passage, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY

Tomorrow’s Wind, Thomas Jefferson Park, New York, NY

1990      Asafokra, The Utsukushi-Ga-Hara Open-Air Museum, Nagano Prefecture, Japan 1989                  Confirmation, Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica Queens, NY

1987      Education Is an Open Book, Livingston College of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 1986             Gate of Ogun, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

Along the Way, Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell, Montvale, NJ 1985               Holder of the Light, Lafayette Gardens, Jersey City, NJ

1983      Southern Sunrise, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC

1982      Out of the Struggles of the Past to a Brilliant Future, Mount Vernon Plaza, Columbus, OH 1970               Double Circles, Bethune Towers, New York, NY

1969      Homage to My Father and the Spirit, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

1967      Homage to Billie Holiday and the Young Ones of Soweto, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

 

 

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

 

2006      Rockefeller Foundation Research Award for Work on Sculpture and Architecture, Bellagio, Italy 2000   Papermaking Fellowship, Dieu Donne

1998      Grant for Artist Residency for Inauguration of Print Workshop for Goree Institute, Senegal VanDer Zee Artist Award

1997      Phillis Weatley Award for Life’s Work in Sculpture 1995                 Artist Award, Studio Museum in Harlem

National Endowment for the Arts Grant 1994     Joan Mitchel Foundation Award

1993      Historic Hudson Valley “African American Heritage Award” for Art

The Fujisankei Biennale Grand Prize, The Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum 1989 Fulbright Fellowship to Zimbabwe (1988–89)

1985      New Jersey State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant 1984           National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist’s Fellowship

 

1975      John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award

1973      New York State Council on the Arts Creative Artists Public Service Fellowship 1971       National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship

1969      Cassandra Foundation Award

Santa Barbara Art Association Small Sculpture Award 1967         Long Beach Museum of Art Award

1965      Los Angeles Contemporary Art Council Award 1964      John Hay Whitney Fellowship

1958      Scholarship to Los Angeles County Art Institute

 

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

The Art Institute of Chicago, IL Bethune Towers, New York, NY

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida,

The Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI The Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica, NY

Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY Lafayette Gardens, Jersey City, NJ

Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade, San Diego, CA The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY Miami University, Miami, FL

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint, MI Mount Vernon Plaza, Columbus, OH

Museo de Artes Visualez Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY National Academy Museum, New York, NY

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, The State University of New York, Purchase, NY The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell, Montvale, NJ

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Thomas Jefferson Park, New York, NY

United States Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia University of Maryland, College Park, MD University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

30 Contemporary Black Artists. Exhibition Catalogue. Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 1968.

Abington Art Center Sculpture Garden: The Inaugural Exhibition. Exhibition catalogue. Jenkintown, PA: Abington Art Center, 1990.

Abrams, Joyce. Discarded. Exhibition catalogue, West Nyack, NY: The Emerson Gallery, Rockland Center for the Arts, 1991.

Affinities: Idioms: Aesthetics/Intents. Exhibition catalogue, curated by Juan Sanchez. Queens, NY, Jamaica Arts Center, 1988.

“Afro-American Issue.” Art Gallery, April 1968.

Alegría, Carmen and Nancy Morejón.“Melvin Edwards: The World of a Marvelous Artist.” The Black Scholar, Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter 1994, p. 47-50.

Alloway, Lawrence. “Art.” The Nation, April 12, 1980, vol. 230, pp. 441–42.

Artist as Advocate. Exhibition catalogue. New York: The Museum of Modern Art,1970.Bailey, Ludlow E. “Review: Art Basel goes ‘Afropolitan.’ The Grio, December 8, 2013.

Bass, Ruth. “Melvin Edwards.” ARTnews, September 1990, vol. 89, p. 190.Illus. Sekuru Knows.

Bearden, Romare. Celebration: Eight Afro-American Artists Selected by Romare Bearden. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Henry Street Settlement Urban Life Center, 1984.

Bernard, Audrey J. “Audrey’s Whirl...Bronze and Steel.” Afro Times, 1989.

              . “Audrey’s Whirl...Man of Steel.” Afro Times, March, 3, 1990, p. 10. Bloom, Janet. “5+1.” Arts, December 1970.

Bohlier, Michelle. “Mel Edwards: Not Your Typical Steel Worker.” Oklahoma Accent Magazine, February 1991, vol. 3, cover pp. 7, 11, 21.

Bowling, Frank. “Black Art III.” Arts Magazine, December 1969, pp. 20–22. Illus. My Turn to Burn, 1965.

              . “Discussion on Black Art II.” Arts Magazine, May 1969, pp. 20–23. Illus. Untitled 1968.

              . Five Plus One. Exhibition catalogue. Stony Brook: Department of Art, State University of New York, 1969.

              . “It’s Not Enough to Say Black is Beautiful.” ARTnews, April 1971, p. 55. Illus.

Pyramid Up and Pyramid Down.

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