Art Professor Emeritus Larry Edwards, 82, passed away in September 2013.
A long-time resident of Memphis, he was born in Jackson, Miss., and grew up in Louisville, Miss.
He graduated with a BFA from the university of Southern Mississippi and an MFA from the
University of Mississippi.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mattie Dunn Edwards, three children, Millett
Vance, Beth Edwards and Mark Edwards, a grandson Ras Rossetti and his dog Socks. Elizabeth
is a professor of Art at the University of Memphis and at times had shows with her
Early in his career, he painted abstracts and bucolic landscapes, but later moved
to the grotesque and the ridiculous, pointing out the foibles of humanity through
exaggeration and parable. His art challenged and instructed, often self-naming it
art for truck drivers and little kids. His studio was a happy place with folk music,
classical or opera playing as he worked. It was open to everyone—family, pets and
neighbors. He was constantly teaching and talking about art.
During his teaching career, he was professor and chair at Penn State, Appalachian
State and the University of Memphis. He retired in 1997 and turned to art full time,
showing in Memphis at Gallery 56, Jay Etkin Gallery, Brooks Museum and Dixon Gallery
and Gardens, as well as other galleries throughout the South. In New York, he showed
at the Alternative Museum, Allan Frumkin Gallery and Sherry French Gallery.
A kind man, he constantly gave to individuals and to the community. His ultimate gift
was donating his body to the Genesis Program for scientific education and research. In
honor or his memory, his family asks that donations in his memory be made to establish a
scholarship at the University of Memphis, www.memphis.edu/development/give.php, or via check made to the University of Memphis Foundation and mail it to Department 238,
The U of M Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0001. Call Katherine Goliver,
director of Development for the College of Communication and Fine Arts, at 901.678.2350
for more information.