Visual Arts, Craft, Media and Design



Beth Edwards
March 29 – May 18, 2012
Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery

The paintings of Memphis artist Beth Edwards evoke a sense of child-like bliss upon first encounter. The use of vintage cartoon dolls and characters as the primary subjects in her work come from the artist’s creative use of stand-ins so as not to be “obligated to the logic and restrictions of the human form”. Edwards states that this group of selected works is entitled “Happy Paintings”, from the idea of arts importance to provide relaxation from the fatigue (of the world). Edwards is currently a professor of painting at the University of Memphis and has a considerable list of exhibitions and honors. Awards include and Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and twice the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from Montgomery County (OH). She has shown extensively across the US and also locally at the Brooks Museum of Art. Most recently her work has been featured in the juried southern competition edition of “New American Paintings”.