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Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards

(b. 1960) lives in Memphis
Lucky Lad, 2008 (detail)
oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2015.65.31

Edwards received her B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art and her M.F.A. from Indiana University. Her work can be found in the collections of 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 in New American Paintings (2001, 2004, and 2011) and twice featured on the cover. 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. She has taught at the University of Memphis since 2000.

I approach the subject of dolls and toys from the vantage point of a still life painter, long involved with the domestic realm and the types of objects that originate there…I am fascinated by the way in which toys, particularly dolls, exemplify both the animate and inanimate spheres of existence.  – Edwards