Melvin Edwards

Biography

1937
Born in Houston

Lives and works in Baltimore, New York, Plainfield, Accord, and Dakar

Solo Exhibitions

2020
“Crossroads”, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
“Brighter Days”, Public Art Fund, City Hall Park, New York
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Museu Nacional da República, Brasilia

2019
“Crossroads”, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
Auroras, São Paulo
Museu da Republica, Rio de Janeiro
Museu de Arte Moderna, Salvador
“Painted Sculpture”, Alexander Gray Associates, New York

2018
“Fragmentos Linchados – Lynch Fragments”, Museu de Arte de São Paulo

2017
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
“In Oklahoma”, Alexander Gray Associates, New York
“Melvin Edwards: Festivals, Funerals, and New Life”, David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Providence

2016
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Oklahoma City
“Melvin Edwards: Five Decades”, curated by Catherine Craft, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus

2015
“Melvin Edwards: Five Decades”, curated by Catherine Craft, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas / Zimmerli Museum of Art, New Brunswick

2014
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Alexander Gray Associates, New York
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

2012
Alexander Gray Associates, New York
Art Unlimited Art 43, Basel

2010
“Melvin Edwards: Sculptures 1964-2010”, Alexander Gray Associates, New York

2005
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
CDS Gallery, New York

2002
Dieu Donne, New York

2001
Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton

2000
“Melvin Edwards: Corroborations, Works of the 1990s”, CDS Gallery, New York
“The Prints of A Sculptor”, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City
“Conversation with Igun”, Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
“Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments and Larger Works”, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford

1998
“Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments”, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint

1996
“The Way of Fire”, CDS Gallery, New York
“Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments”, The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair

1995
“Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963-1993”, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego
Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio

1994
“Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963-1993”, The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami | Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover
CDS Gallery, New York

1993
“Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963-1993”, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase
“Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments”, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield
“Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments”, CDS Gallery, New York

1992
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA
“Mel Edwards: The Lynch Fragment Series”, Eugene Johnson Gallery of Art, Bethel College, St. Paul

1991
“Lynch Fragments: Selected Small Sculptures by Mel Edwards”, Hammonds House Galleries
and Resource Center of African-American Art, Atlanta
“Project 1: Melvin Edwards: The Lynch Fragment Series”, Oklahoma City Art Museum on the Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City
“Mel Edwards: Sculptures/Drawings”, Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford

1990
“Sculpture by Melvin Edwards”, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster
“Melvin Edwards Sculpture: Fragments of a Decade 1980-1990”, Montclair State College
Art Gallery, Montclair
“Melvin Edwards Sculpture”, De Luce Gallery Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville
“Melvin Edwards: Recent Sculpture”, CDS Gallery, New York

1989
“Sculpture of Melvin Edwards”, Korn Gallery, Madison College, Madison
“Memories Forming the Future: Sculpture of Melvin Edwards”, Colgate University, Hamilton
“Melvin Edwards Sculpture”, Extension Gallery, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville

1986
Mel Edwards Sculpture, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs

1985
“Mel Edwards: Lynch Fragment Series”, Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
“The Sculpture of Mel Edwards”, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs
“Drawings, Monoprints, and Maquettes by Melvin Edwards”, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey

1984
“The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards”, Unesco, Paris

1983
“Mel Edwards: Drawings for Southern Sunrise”, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem

1982
“The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards”, Sculpture Center Gallery, New York

1981
“Sculpture by Mel Edwards”, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton

1980
“Melvin Edwards: Recent Sculpture, Fragments, and Larger Works”, 55 Mercer, New York
“Sculpture by Mel Edwards”, Lusaka / American Cultural Center, Nairobi
YM-YMHA Greene Lane, Union

1979
Johnson Atelier, Mercerville

1978
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens
“Melvin Edwards: Sculptor”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

1974
“Lines”, Carpenter Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover

1972
Wright State University, Dayton

1970
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1968
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Barnsdall Art Center, Los Angeles

1965
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

Group Exhibitions 

2020
“A Million Roses for Angela Davis”, Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden
“Future Food. Essen für die Welt von Morgen”, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
“Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America”, New Museum, New York
“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
“Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection”, Pérez Art Museum Miami
“African American Art in the 20th Century”, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg
“Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem”, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton / Frye Art Museum, Seattle / Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City

2019
“Afrocosmologies: American Reflections”, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford
“Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem”, The Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco / Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston / Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo
“Cutting the Stone”, Miguel Abreu, New York
“Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art”, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
“Walking through Walls”, Gropius Bau, Berlin
“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983”, The Broad, Los Angeles / The de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, San Francisco
“Special loans from the David C. Driskell Center”, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachusetts
“Smart to the Core: Embodying the Self”, Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
“Where The Oceans Meet”, Museum of Art and Design (MOAD), Miami Date College, Miami
“Making Community: Prints from Brandywine Workshop and Archives”, Brodsky Center at PAFA, and Paulson Fontaine Press, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
“Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011”, MoMA PS1, Long Island City
“LA Blacksmith”, California African American Museum, Los Angeles
“The Sensation of Space”, The Warehouse, Dallas
Havana Biennial, Matanzas, Cuba
“Serpentine Fire”, Quotidian Gallery, Los Angeles
“Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection”, Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago
“African American Art in the 20th Century”, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque / Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park

2018
“Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection”, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham
“Constructing Identity in America (1766-2017)”, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey
“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville / Brooklyn Museum, New York
“The Long Run”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
“On Edge”, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
“Art of Protest”, Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
“Give Up The Ghost”, Baltic Triennial 13, Vilnius
“Working Metal in 20th Century Sculpture”, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford
“11a Bienal do Mercosul”, Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre
“A Page from my Intimate Journal (Part I)”, Gordon Robichaux, New York
“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
“Sidelined”, Galerie LeLong, New York
“A Gathering: Sculpture from the Collection”, Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, State University of New York, New York
“Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking”, Americas Society, New York
“Texas”, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles
“Paper/Print: American Hand Papermaking, 1960s to Today”, International Print Center (IPCNY), New York
“Third Space/shifting conversations about contemporary art”, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham
“Trembling Thinking”, The Americas Society Art Gallery, New York
“Afro-Atlantic Histories”, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), São Paulo
“Talisman in the Age of Difference”, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

2017
“Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise”, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
“20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Carnegie Museum of Art”, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
“Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion”, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit
“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”, Tate Modern, London
“We Are Here”, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago
“Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection”, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
“An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
“Origins: The Historical Legacy of Visual Art”, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem
“Space Force Construction”, V-A-C Foundation, Palazzo delle Zattere, Venice
“Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art”, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham
“Condo: Collaborative Exhibition across 15 London Galleries”, Emalin, London
“AfroFantastic: Black Imagination and Agency in the American Experience”, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College
“The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
“Black Feast”, Simon Lee Gallery, New York

2016
“Haptic”, Alexander Gray Associates, New York
“Postwar – Art Between the Pacific and Atlantic 1945-1965, Haus der Kunst München, Munich
“Exposition d’artistes Caraibeens et des Amériques”, Institut du Tout-Monde, Paris
“The Lasting Concept”, curated by Rob Halverson, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland
“African American Art Since 1950”, Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM), Harrisburg
“You go to my head”, Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels
“Pure Pulp – Contemporary Artists Working in Paper at Dieu Donné”, Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton

2015
Art Basel Miami Beach Public Sector, curated by Nicholas Baume, Miami Beach
“Bottoms up: A Sculpture Survey”, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington
“Metal: Sculpture in America, 1945 to 1970”, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York
“A Constellation”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
“Äppärät”, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa
“Necessary Force: Art in the Police State”, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque
“All the World’s Futures”, curated by Okwui Enwezor, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice
“Bayou Sculptors”, African American Museum, Dallas
“Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions”, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham / Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
“Bold Abstractions: Selections from the Collection”, 1966-1976, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
“New Acquisitions”, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham
“Order”, Essex Street, New York
“Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond”, California African American Museum, Los Angeles
“Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition”, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

2014
“African-American Artists and Abstraction”, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
“Viewpoints: 20 Years of Adderley”, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
“Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions”, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
“Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties”, curated by Teresa A. Carbone and Kellie Jones,
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn / Hood Museum of Art, Hanover
“Beyond the Spectrum: Abstraction in African American Art, 1950-1975”, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
“Collection Permanente / Permanent Collection”, Raw Material Company, Dakar
“Diálogo entre civilizaciones”, Museo de la Paz, Gernika-Lumo

2013
“African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center”, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati
“Assembly Required: Selections from the Permanent Collection”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
“Blues for Smoke”, curated by Bennett Simpson, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
“Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980”, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
“De Kawral À Sargal / From Kawral To Sargal”, Raw Material Company, Dakar

2012
“Blues for Smoke”, curated by Bennett Simpson, The Geffen Contempoary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
“Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980”, Pacific Standard Time exhibition initiative, MoMA PS1, Queens
“Paper Space: Drawings by Sculptors”, Inman Gallery, Houston
“African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center”, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park
“Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1945-1970”, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
“African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond”, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
“Magical Visions: Ten Contemporary African American Artists”, curated by Keith Morrison, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark
“African American Artists and the Experimental Printmaking Institute: The Janet Hickey Tague ’66 Collection”, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley

2011
“Paper Trails: Selected Works from the Collection, 1934-2001”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Inside & Out: Melvin Edwards and Peter Saul”, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta
“Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1945-1970”, J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles
“Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980”, Pacific Standard Time exhibition initiative, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
“Sculpted, Etched and Cut: Metal Works from the Permanent Collection”, Studio Museum in
Harlem
“50 Under 5000”, Bill Hodges Gallery, New York
“Dialogue Among Civilisations”, KZNSA – KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts, Durban

2010
“Abstract Relations”, David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park
“Art in Embassies Exhibition”, curated by Rhea Anastas, U.S. Embassy Residence,
Warsaw
“The Global Africa Project”, curated by Lowery Stokes Sims and Leslie King-Hammond, Museum of Art and Design, New York
“Art Collection of the United States Embassy”, U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa
Dak’art 2010, Dakar
“What Matters”, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
“Americanana”, Hunter College, New York

2008
Museu Afrobrasil, São Paulo
“Metal: The Exhibition”, Berrie Center Art Galleries at Ramapo College, Mahwah

2007
Valencia Biennial, Valencia
“L.A. Object and David Hammons Body Prints”, Tilton Gallery, New York
“Tools as Art – The Hechinger Collection”, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah
“Nature/Culture/Blues – Contemporary African American Art”, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

2006
“Energy/Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction 1964-1980”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

2005
“The Bristol-Myers Squibb Sculpture Project”, Bristol-Myers Squibb Park, New Brunswick
“Something to Look Forward To”, curated by Bill Hutson, Heckscher Museum, Huntington
“Reaction (1945-1963)”, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
“African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum”, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City / Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta
“Frontiers – Collecting the Art of Our Time”, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

2004
“Something to Look Forward To”, curated by Bill Hutson, The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster
“How Sculptors See”, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
“African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum”, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati / Currier Museum of Art, Manchester / The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington / Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
“Embracing the Muse: Africa and African American Art”, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York

2003
“African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum”, New York Historical Society, New York / Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville / The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville
“Watts: Art & Social Change in Los Angeles, 1965-2002”, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee
“Black is a Color – African-American Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art”, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

2002
Creative Space, International Print Center New York, New York

2001
“Expanding on a Legacy: American Art From the Montclair Art Museum”, UBS Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York
“American Identities: A New Look”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
“Material and Matter”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

2000
“Welded! Sculpture of the Twentieth Century”, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase
“Public Voices, Private Visions: African American Art 2000”, curated by Ned Harris, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack
Project Row Houses, Houston

1999
“New Jersey Fine Arts Annual”, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
“26 Sculptors in Their Environments”, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack

1998
“Histories (Re)membered”, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
“African American Art from the New Jersey State Museum Collection”, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
“Stages of Creation: Public Sculpture by National Academicians”, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York
“Sculpture From New Jersey”, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit
“Sculpture: New Jersey”, Ramapo College Art Gallery, Mahway
“Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House”, The White House, Washington D.C.
“Tragic Wake: The Legacy of Slavery and the African Diaspora in Contemporary American Art”, Spirit Square Center for Arts and Education, Charlotte

1997
Sculpture Biennial, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase
CDS Gallery, The Art Show, New York

1996
“Texas Modern and Post-Modern”, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1995
“Editions”, Skoto Gallery, New York
“Melvin Edwards, Richard Hunt, Lester Johnson, Stephen Procuniar Editions 1974-1991”, Pharos Gallery, New York
“The Listening Sky”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
“Civil Rights Now”, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem
Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio
“The Iguana Hat: The Artist’s Quest for Symbols of the Self”, SciosNova, Miami

1994
“Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African American Presence”, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
“Strategies of Narration”, Cairo Biennial & Tour Printmaking Workshop, New York
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton
25th Anniversary Exhibition, Cinque Gallery, New York
“Sources”, Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park
“Ante América. Actualidad latinoamericana”, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (MADC), San José

1993
“The Mask in Contemporary Art”, Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston
“New Jersey Arts Annual”, The Newark Museum, Newark
“Recollections/Resistances/Reconstruction”, Hillwood Art Gallery, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, Brookville
“Fujisankei Biennial”, Utsukushi-Ga-Hara Museum, Nagano

1992
“Present Tense”, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee
“The Expanding Circle: A Selection of African-American Art”, The Gallery at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Princeton
“The Order of Things: Toward a Politic of Still Life”, Real Art Ways at Widener Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford/ John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan
“Gifted Visions: African American Artists”, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London
“Bridges and Boundaries: African-Americans and American Jews”, presented by The Jewish Museum, New York at The New York Historical Society, New York
“Three Voices: Thirty Years of Afro-American Expression”, Shircliff Gallery of Art, Vincennes University, Vincennes
“In Plural America: Contemporary Journeys Voices and Identities”, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers
“Warriors: The Guerreros”, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs
“Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African-American Presence”, Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui / Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima / Otani Art Museum, Otani
“Ante America”, curated by Gerardo Mosquera, Rachel Weiss, and Carolina Ponce de León,
Biblioteca Luis-Ángel Arango, Bogotá / Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas / Queens Museum of Art, New York / Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego / Center for the Arts, San Francisco / Spencer Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence

1991
“Sculpture: Seven Artists of the 90’s”, CDS Gallery, New York
“Espiritu & Materia; Estetica Alternativa Norteamericana”, Museo de Artes Visuales
Alejandro Otero, Caracas
“Bertoia, Buhana, Edwards, Mitchell: Sculpture Update”, Diggs Galery, Winston-Salem University, Winston-Salem
“Discarded”, Rockland Center for Arts, West Nyack
“Small Scale Sculpture”, Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston
“The Harlem Renaissance Remembered”, Brownson Art Gallery, Manhattanville College,
Purchase
“Spirit Calls”, Artworks Gallery, Hartford
“Spiritual Cargo: Shamanistic Manifestations”, Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs
“Artists of Conscience: 16 Years of Social and Political Commentary”, Alternative Museum, New York
“African American Works on Paper from the Cochran Collection”, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield

1990
“The Blues Esthetic: Black Culture and Modernism”, curated by Richard J. Powell, The Studio Museum in Harlem
“Formulation and Representation: Recent Abstract Sculpture”, Bertha and Karl Luebsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York
“Steelworks”, curated by Phyllis Tuchman and Carola van den Houten, USX Tower, Pittsburgh
“Diverse Representations 1990”, The Morris Museum, Morristown
“The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s”, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York / New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York / The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
“Inaugural Exhibition”, Abington Art Center Sculpture Garden, Jenkintown
“A Force of Repetition”, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
“New History: Sculptural Installations”, Atlanta College Art Gallery, Atlanta
“Two Generations of Sculptors, New Jersey Sculptors and Their Students”, The Gallery at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Princeton
“Legacies: African American Artists”, New Jersey Center for Visual Art, Summit
“Painted Forms: Recent Metal Sculpture”, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York

1989
“Bronze and Steel: Sculpture by Melvin Edwards and Robert T. Cooke”, Pyramid Gallery, New York
“Introspective: Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Descent”, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx
“Traditions and Transformations: Contemporary Afro-American Sculpture”, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
“Afro American Abstractions in Printmaking”, California African American Museum, Los Angeles
“The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism”, organized by Washington Project for the Arts, Corcoran Gallery, Washington
Newton Art Center, Newton

1988
“Committed to Print”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
“Sculpture: Inside, Outside”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
“Affinities: Idioms/Aesthetics/Intents”, Jamaica Art Center, Jamaica
“Traces of History: Art of Afro-America”, Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
“The Law & Order Show”, Gladstone Gallery, New York
“Outside In”, New York Cultural Center, New York
“Making The Main Stream”, Florida Southern University, Lakeland
“Public Art”, California African American Museum, Old Westbury College Gallery, Long Island

1987
“The Law & Order Show”, Gladstone Gallery, New York
“The Afro-American Artist in the Age of Cultural Pluralism”, The Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey
“Outside In”, New York Cultural Center, New York
“Making the Mainstream”, SVC Fine Arts Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa
“Public Art”, The Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles
Old Westbury College Gallery, Westbury

1986
“Black Visions”, City Hall, New York
“Liberty and Justice”, Alternative Museum, New York
“Irons in the Fire”, Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
“Contemporary Sculpture Selection”, The Studio Museum in Harlem
“Inaugural”, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York

1985
“Traditions and Conflict: Images of a Turbulent Decade, 1963-1973”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
“Since the Harlem Renaissance”, Museum of Art, The Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica / The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park / The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk / Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

1984
“Since the Harlem Renaissance”, The Center Gallery of Bucknell University, Lewisburg / The Amelie A. Wallace Art Gallery, The State University of New York, College at Westbury, New York
“Art: For and Against”, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill
“Celebration: Eight Afro-American Artists Selected by Romare Bearden”, Louis Abrons Arts of Living Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York
“Contra-Apartheid”, Unesco, Paris
“East-West: Contemporary American Art”, California Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles
“Artists in Celebration of Black History Month”, Trenton State College Art Gallery, Trenton
“Sculpture”, Gallery of Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University, Baltimore
“Sticks and Stones: Modern and Post-Modern Sculpture”, Kenkeleba House, New York
“Sculpture from Rutgers”, Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
“New Jersey Arts Inclusion Program 1978-84”, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, State University of New York at Westbury
“3 Artists in Celebration of Black History Month”, Trenton State College Art Gallery, Trenton
“Afro-American Abstraction”, curated by April Kingsley, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo / Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin / Everson Museum, Syracuse

1983
“Var for New York”, Futura Gallery, Stockholm
“The War Show”, University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York
“5 Sculptors”, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York
“Art in Public”, Chicago Sculptural Society, Chicago
“Celebrating Contemporary American Black Artists”, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead
“4 Sculptors”, Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York
“Young Talent Awards 1963-83”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
“Environmental Sculpture”, Chicago Sculptural Center, Chicago
“Afro-American Abstraction”, curated by April Kingsley, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis / The Art Center, South Bend

1982
“Mayor Byrnes’ Mile of Sculpture”, Navy Pier, Chicago
“The 4 Directions”, Gallery of the American Indian Community House, New York
“Sacred Artifacts: Common Objects of Devotion”, Alternative Museum, New York
“Ritual and Myth: A Survey of African American Art”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
“Works on Paper”, Woodson Regional Library, Chicago
“Black Artists: Recent Attitudes II”, California State University, Fresno
“Visual Politics”, Alternative Museum, New York
“Afro-American Abstraction”, curated by April Kingsley, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles / Oakland Museum, Oakland

1981
“Mel Edwards and Greg Edwards: Sculpture and Works on Paper”, University Art Gallery, State University of New York, Binghamton
“Outdoor Sculpture at the Aquarium”, Niagara Falls, New York
Cinque Gallery, New York
“Focus Southern Africa: Details of the Struggle, Countee Cullen Library, New York
Westbeth Gallery, New York

1980
YW-YMHA, Green Lane, Union
“Sculpture Today: Tradition and Non-Traditional”, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park
“Afro-American Abstraction”, curated by April Kingsley, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, New York

1979
“3 Sculptors”, The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York
The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, New York

1977
Florida International University, Miami
Henry O. Tanner Gallery, New York
“Drawn and Matched”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
“Environmental Sculpture”, Robert Moses Plaza, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York
“The Concept as Art”, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York
“Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture: Festac ’77”, Lagos
Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

1976
“Resonance: Williams/Edwards/Gilliam”, Morgan State University, Baltimore

1975
“76 Jefferson”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
“Sculpture Invitational”, Gallery Ariadne, New York
Cinque Gallery, New York

1974
“Gilliam / Edwards / Williams: Extensions”, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford
Carpenter Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover

1973
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira
“Sculpture Three: New York Artists on Tour”, World Trade Center, New York

1972
“Edwards, Gilliam, Williams”, Wabash Transit Gallery of Chicago School of Art, Art Institute of Chicago
“New York Artists at Storm King”, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville

1971
“Artist as Advocate”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield
“Whitney Annual – Contemporary American Sculpture”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1970
“Paperworks”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs
“Dimensions of Black Art”, La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla
Rental Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

1969
Andrew Dickinson White Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca
“California Crafts Survey”, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego
“Five + 1 , Frank Bowling, Melvin Edwards, Al Loving, William T. Williams, Daniel L. Johnson, Jack Whitten”, Art Gallery at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook / Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton
“X to the 4th Power”, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

1968
“New Voices”, American Greeting Gallery, Pan Am Building, New York
“Thirty Contemporary Black Artists”, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

1967
California State College, Northridge
San Fernando Valley State College, San Fernando Valley
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara

1966
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara
“The Negro in American Art”, organized by Frederick S. Wight, University of California, Los Angeles

1965
Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara
Richard Grey Gallery, Chicago
“Five Younger Los Angeles Artists”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

1962
“Annual”, La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla

1960
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Grants and Awards
 


2020
United States Artist Fellow

2014
Honorary Doctorate, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston

2006
Rockefeller Foundation Research Award for Work on Sculpture and Architecture, Bellagio, Italy

2000
Papermaking Fellowship, Dieu Donne

1998
Grant for Artist Residency for Inauguration of Print Workshop for Goree Institute, Senegal
Van Der Zee Artist Award

1997
Phillis Weatley Award for Life’s Work in Sculpture

1995
Artist Award, The Studio Museum in Harlem
National Endowment for the Arts Grant

1994
Joan Mitchell Foundation Award

1993
Historic Hudson Valley “African American Heritage Award” for Art
The Fujisankei Biennale Grand Prize, The Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum

1988
Fulbright Fellowship to Zimbabwe (1988–89)

1985
New Jersey State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant

1984
National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist’s Fellowship

1975
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award

1973
New York State Council on the Arts Creative Artists Public Service Fellowship

1971
National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship

1969
Cassandra Foundation Award
Santa Barbara Art Association Small Sculpture Award

1967
Long Beach Museum of Art Award

1965
Los Angeles Contemporary Art Council Award

1964
John Hay Whitney Fellowship

1958
Scholarship to Los Angeles County Art Institute