Beth Edwards

Beth Edwards

Professor

Phone
901.678.3939
Email
eedwards@memphis.edu
Fax
901.678.2735
Office
211 Communication & Fine Arts
Office Hours
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BIOGRAPHY

Beth Edwards received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art and her Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University. She is represented by the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis and the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Howard and Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago, the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville. Her work was included three times in New American Paintings and featured on the cover twice. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies and was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and an ArtsMemphis Arts Accelerator Grant.
In 2016, she was the recipient of the Emmett O'Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration given by ArtsMemphis.

EDUCATION

  • 1987 Master of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1982 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1979-80 Temple University Abroad, Rome, Italy

MURAL COMMISSION

  • 2013-14 Willow Park Mural, UrbanArt Commission for the City of Memphis

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2015 David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2012 Antidote, Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
    In Florescence, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2010 Along the Way, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2009 Recent Work, Mallory and Wurtzburger Galleries, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2008 Beth Edwards: Fifteen Years of Painting, St. Louis Community College, Saint Louis, Missouri
  • 2007 Inside Out, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2005 The Contemporary Still Life: Paintings by Beth Edwards, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana
  • 2004 Semi-Precious, Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
  • 2003 Playthings, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1998 Recent Work, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
  • 1995 Functioning Objects, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1994 Mundane Encounters, Alma College, Alma, Michigan
  • 1992 Recent Work, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, Ohio
  • 1991 Life with Larry, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • 1990 Life, Flight and Sacrifice, Miami Valley Arts Council Gallery, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1989 Recent Work, Northern Kentucky Arts Council, Carnegie Arts Center, Covington, Kentucky Bird/Dog, Rosewood Arts Center, Kettering, Ohio
  • 1988 Recent Work, Shippensburg State University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

TWO & THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016 Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2013 Nature Reconstructed, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, T ennessee
  • 2012 Nature Redux, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Character Study, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee
  • 2010 Muddy Water: Three Memphis Painters on Paper Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
    Urban Sight, East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City, Arkansas
  • 2008 RiverArtsFest Invitational Art Show, Askew, Nixon, Ferguson Architects, Memphis, Tennessee
    Water Works, On The Street Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2007 E(Squared): Two Generations, Gallery 130, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
  • 2002 New Paintings, Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, Florida
    New Talent, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2000 Habitation, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, Illinois
    Jed Jackson and Beth Edwards, Art Museum The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1997 Simple Objects, Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio
  • 1996 Recent Work, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California
  • 1995 Still Life: Three Ohio Artists, Denison University, Granville, Ohio
  • 1994 Associations, Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois
    Parables, Ordinary and Visionary, Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana
    Fragments of Meaning, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio
  • 1993 Low Points of View, Front Street Gallery, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1991 Three Person Exhibition, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1990 Recent Work, Acme Art Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016 Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2015 Public/Art/ists Part I, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, Tennessee
    Public/Art/ists Part II, Arts Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
    Summer Reading: Show Me a Story, Tell Me a Picture, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
    The Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2014 Inaugural Art Exhibition: Your Attica On The Pacific, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles, California 56th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center Little Rock, AR Honorable Mention
    National Small Oil Painting Exhibition, The Wichita Center for the Arts Wichita Kansas
    Circuitous Sucession, Epilogue, Scottish Rite Temple, Memphis, T ennessee
    The Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis & Nashville
    Herstories, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
    Feed the Soul, Glitch, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2013 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Present Tense - The Art of Memphis, 2001-Now, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee David Lusk Group Exhibition, The Arts Company, Nashville, Tennessee
    It Came from Memphis, Bologna Performing Arts Center, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS
  • 2012 Toylanders, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • 2011 Ripped from the Studio, Work Habits Exhibition, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2010 Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Chicago Illinois Represented by Tory Folliard Gallery
  • 2009 New Space/New Work, Scott Richards Gallery, San Francisco, California
    When Animals Talk, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Radius 250, McComas Gallery, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
  • 2008 Artists at Play: The Art of the Toy, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesville, Arkansas
    20th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    The Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
    This and That: Recent Art from Memphis, University of Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana
    Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Chicago Illinois Represented by Tory Folliard Gallery
  • 2007 War or Peace: Art that Confronts the Realities of the Present, Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, Alabama
    50th Annual Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
    20th Anniversary Invitational Retrospective, Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, Ohio
    Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Chicago Illinois Represented by Tory Folliard Gallery
  • 2006 Whimsical Muse, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Tooth and Claw, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
    Horizon, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas
    Art Chicago, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois Represented by David Lusk Gallery
  • 2005 Annual Renaissance Regional Art Exhibit, The Renaissance Center, Dickson, Tennessee Judge's Choice Award
    Homegrown: Southeast, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina Whatever Meredyth Wants, Gallery NAGA, Boston, Massachusetts
    48th Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
    Something of Our Common Feeling, Delta Axis, Memphis, Tennessee
    San Francisco Art Expo, Represented by David Lusk Gallery
  • 2004 American Realism, Plus One Plus Two Galleries, London, England
  • 2002 Try It On: Exploring Women's Traditions, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts
    Side by Side, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2001 Annual Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts
    Brooks Perspectives, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee
    Juried Art Exhibit, Arts in the Park, Memphis Arts Festival Morgan Keegan Award
    The Object Considered: Contemporary Still Life in Ohio, Illinois & Indiana (Traveling Exhibition),South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 2000 Annual Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
    The Object Considered: Contemporary Still Life in Ohio, Illinois & Indiana Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1999 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1998 Zeitgeist, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
  • 1997 What's Rite: Ritual & Experience, SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio
    Still Life, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
    Whitewater Valley Annual Exhibition, Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana
    Water Tower Annual, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1996 Quiet Objects: Still Life Representation and Function, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky
    Animal, Mineral, Vegetable: A Painting Invitational, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
    Mid-West Survey: Six Painters, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Regional Artists' Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1995 Domestic Disturbance: Running Amok at Home, Delta Axis Contemporary Arts Center, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1994 Regional Artists' Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1993 Compass Exchange: Ohio NE/SW Exhibition, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, Ohio
    Still Life Still, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
    Whitewater Valley Annual Exhibition, Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana Merit Award
    The 1993 Dog Days Show, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    All Ohio Juried Art Exhibition, Ohio State University at Mansfield, Pearl Conard Art Gallery, Mansfield, Ohio
    The Shoe Show, Santa Clara Galleries, Dayton, Ohio Second Place
  • 1992 Working Drawings, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1991 Animal Rites and Wrongs, University Art Gallery, Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee
    Water Tower Annual, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky
    Concepts and Dimensions, Trumbull Art Gallery, Warren, Ohio
    15th Annual Competitive Exhibition, Arts Consortium, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Kunst '91, Augsburg, Germany
    Ohio Women's Caucus for Art Second Annual Juried Exhibition, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1990 Showcase '90, Louisville Visual Arts Association, Louisville, Kentucky
    Contiguous Elements: Contemporary Ohio Ceramics and Printmaking, Fort Hayes Visual Arts Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
    Generation and Regeneration, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois
    Annual Women's Art Show, Sinclair College, Dayton, Ohio Second Place

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

  • The Commercial Appeal, Frederic Koeppel, Lusk Exhibits Peer into Artists' Creative Methods, December 15, 2011
  • New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA Book 94, July/August, 2011
  • The Memphis Flyer, Carol Knowles, Almost Eden, June 24-June 30, 2010 (Art reproduced)
  • The Commercial Appeal, Frederic Koeppel, Cartoon-like Figures as Emblems of Emotion, June 18, 2010, (Art reproduced)
  • The Memphis Flyer, Carol Knowles, Points of View, July 30-August 5, 2009 (Art reproduced)
  • Oranges and Sardines, April 2009, Volume 2, Issue 1
  • The Memphis Flyer, Carol Knowles, Back to Basics, August 9, 2008
  • Number 60: An Independent Journal of the Arts, Adrian Duran, Beth Edwards: Inside Out, Fall/Winter 2008, (6 Reproductions Cover)
  • The Commercial Appeal, Frederic Koeppel, 2007 the Best, December 28, 2007 (Art reproduced)
  • The Commercial Appeal, Frederic Koeppel, Toying with Essence of Grace-Given Goofiness, September 21, 2007 (Art reproduced)
  • The Memphis Flyer, Carol Knowles, Upside Down and Inside Out, September 22-October 3, 2007 (Art reproduced)
  • The Dayton Daily News, Pamela Dillon, Super Show Celebrates Rosewood's 20th, January 14, 2007
  • Dayton City Paper, Jud Yalkut, 20 Years Gone, January 17-23, 2007
  • Oxford American, Southern Art & Architecture Issue, Fall 2005 (Art Reproduced)
  • The Commercial Appeal, Frederic Koeppel, A Splash of Great Painting, January 21, 2005
  • The Memphis Flyer, Carol Knowles, Facing It, Nine Artists Explore Human Expression, February 17-23, 2005
  • New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA Book 52, July/August, 2004 (Cover)
  • The Boston Globe, Kate McQuaid, Body as Art Seen with New Precision, May 10. 2002 (Art Reproduced)
  • Art Papers, David Hall, Memphis, Jan/Feb 2002
  • New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA Book 34, July/August, 2001 (Cover)
  • The Memphis Flyer, David Hall, Tweet, Tweet: Talking about the Brooks' " Perspectives", September 13-19, 2001
  • Number Thirty-Nine: An Independent Journal of the Arts, Stephen Sanders, Jed Jackson, Beth Edwards, Summer, 2001
  • The Memphis Flyer, David Hall, Wry and Dry, September 21-27, 2000
  • The New Art Examiner, Charles Bergengren, What's Rite? Ritual and Experience, October, 1997
  • The Cleveland Free Times, Frank Green, Do The Rite Thing, July 23-29, 1997
  • The Courier-Journal, Diane Heilenman, Water Tower Annual Confronts Status Quo, April 13, 1997
  • "Dialogue", Molly Youngkin, Beth Edwards, Rosewood Arts Centre, January/February, 1997
  • The Dayton Voice, Jud Yalkut, Local Painter Contemplates the Ordinary, December 4-10, 1996 
  • Dialogue, Sharon Calhoon, 1996 Regional Artists' Biennial, September/October, 1996
  • The Courier-Journal, Diane Heilenman, Louisville Art Association, February 11, 1996
  • Number: Twenty-Seven: An Independent Quarterly of Visual Arts, Christina Huntington, Domestic Disturbance, Summer, 1995
  • The Daily Progress, Ruth Latter, Authentically Civilized World Includes Real Life with a Twist, February 23, 1995
  • The Columbus Dispatch, Eva Heisler, Negative Space Has Weight in Still Lifes, January 29, 1995
  • The Memphis Flyer, LD Beghtol, Southern Discomfort, March 16-22, 1995
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Helen Cullinan, Area Galleries Ready for Fall Showings, September 16, 1994
  • The Courier-Journal, Diane Heilenman, Zephyr Gallery, July 17, 1994
  • "Mad River: A Journal of Essays", Wright State University, Volume I, No. 3 (1991), Moments of the Day, a printed portfolio of artwork The Columbus Dispatch, Lesley Constable, Artreach Exhibit Shows Refreshing Love of Painting, February 24, 1991
  • The New Art Examiner, Arthur Jones, Showcase 90, February, 1991 S. Gazette Weekend, Gisele Aherberry, All In the Family, November 2, 1990
  • The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, Joe Milas, From Generation to Generation, October 21, 1990
  • The Columbus Dispatch, Jacqueline Hall, Sensitivity Holds Exhibit Together, August 26, 1990
  • Dayton Daily News, Bette Dietz Krebs, Animalistic, October 14, 1989
  • Kettering-Oakwood Times, Richard Schwarze, Rosewood Exhibition Challenging, October 18, 1988

RECOGNITION

  • 2015 Arts Accelerator Grant, Arts Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • 2012 Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts Award, University of Memphis
  • 2011 Dean's Creative Achievement Award, University of Memphis 2007 Yaddo Colony Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY 1998 University of Dayton Research Council Grant (also: 1994, 1991, 1989)
  • 1996 Individual Artist Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council
  • 1995 Individual Artist Grant, Montgomery County Regional Arts and Cultural District, Dayton, OH
  • 1994 MacDowell Colony Residency, Peterborough, New Hampshire Individual Artist Grant, Montgomery County Regional Arts and Cultural District, Dayton, OH