Melvin Edwards

A sculptor born in Houston, TX, Melvin Edwards earned his BFA from the University of Southern California.

Edwards has exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum, NJ; Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN; The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City. He has received numerous awards and recognitions from organizations including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Fujisankei Biennale, National Endowment for the Arts, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Zimbabwe.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Winston-Salem State University, NC; Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and other national and international institutions. 

Edwards taught at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ,  from 1972 to his retirement in 2002.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

Artist Info


May 4 1937

Houston, TX






African American