Wendy Edwards, Faculty

Wendy Edwards was born and raised in Virginia, the third of four children. During her high school career, she attended the Corcoran School of Art and studied under Sam Gilliam. In 1972, she graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts, with her BFA in painting. She went on to earn her MA in art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Edwards joined the Brown University faculty in 1980 as the first tenure track woman member of the Visual Arts Department. She has become known for her color and textural surface paintings in which she has used both patterned abstraction and naturalistic imagery. The paintings have combined raised linear embellishments with intense color interaction. In June 2020, she will retire to spend more time with her father, husband, and daughter, and will enjoy painting in her converted firehouse.