The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition by Alabama artist Lynthia Edwards from February 13 through April 2. Edwards’ work explores the experiences of southern black girls, and she has also painted portraits of John Lewis, which were purchased by John Lewis himself.
Lynthia Edwards grew up as a round peg in a square hole. She was born and raised in small town, Alexander City, Alabama. At an early age, she and her imaginary friend would spend hours drawing with fat pencils and broken crayons on Piggly Wiggly brown paper bags. Lynthia always knew she would become an artist.
She has accomplished an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design, from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Auburn University of Montgomery and completed her education with a Masters degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham,in Art Education. Since 2011, She has taught art for the State of Alabama Department of Youth Services School District servicing adjudicated male offenders.
Lynthia’s expressionistic style evokes a sense of nostalgia, by exposing her growth as a middle class African American girl, looking for her place in society. Through her art, she desires to impart on the world, the southern black girl experience.
Her pieces grace private collections throughout the United States and have been featured in galleries and exhibits, to include, both Arts Revive Roots and Wings Exhibit of Selma, Alabama and The Attic Gallery of Vicksburg, Mississippi.