2015 Benefit Honorees
About our 2015 Annual Benefit Honorees
Melvin Edwards (b.1937) is a pioneer in the history of contemporary African-American art and sculpture. Mr. Edwards was the first artist to be awarded the Dieu Donné Lab Grant Residency, providing him with an opportunity to create innovative works of art in a visual language that was new to him, that of handmade paper. Born in Houston, Texas, he began his artistic career at the University of Southern California, and launched his professional career in 1965 with his first solo exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. After relocating to New York City in 1967, his work was exhibited at the Studio Museum, and in 1970 he became the first African-American sculptor to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Melvin Edwards’ work has been widely exhibited and is held in major public collections; the exhibition Melvin Edwards: Five Decades organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas will be presented by the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, NJ in Fall of 2015. Edwards work was recently featured in All the World’s Futures curated by Okwui Enwezor and presented at the 56th Venice Biennale. The artist is represented by Alexander Gray Associates.
Janice Oresman is a collector and art advisor who has helped shape important corporate art collections. She is also an independant curator, and works from Dieu Donné appeared in her popular show Hot Off the Press: Prints of 2006 from New York Printshops at The Grolier Club, New York. Ms. Oresman has a passion for prints and works on paper and has been a stalwart supporter of Dieu Donné, and particularly of the emerging artists in the Workspace Residency program. By championing these emerging artists in her exhibitions and collection work, she has brought vital attention and support to underrecognized artists and emerging talents.
Janice Oresman is a Trustee Emerita of Smith College, and a member of the Visiting Committee of the museum there, as well as a member of the Visiting Committee of the Prints and Drawings Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also serves on the board of the International Print Center New York, and the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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