Beth Edwards - Urban Art Mural - Summer, 2014

Beth Edwards, professor of art at the University of Memphis was awarded a commission for an Urban Art Mural on the equipment storage building in Willow Park in Memphis, Tennessee.

 Beth Edwards, FUN IN THE SUN, Memphis, TN - Northeast view

Beth Edwards, FUN IN THE SUN, Memphis, TN - Northeast view

Beth Edwards, FUN IN THE SUN, Memphis, TN
Edwards photographed people from the neighborhood to compose a celebration of nature and the athletic activities on the park’s ball fields.

 Beth Edwards, FUN IN THE SUN, Memphis, TN -  - Northwest view

Beth Edwards, FUN IN THE SUN, Memphis, TN -  - Northwest view

These photos are now painted portraits on the four mural walls. The work is titled Fun in the Sun and is intended to serve as a magnet to bring people into the park.

 Beth Edwards, FUN IN THE SUN, Memphis, TN - Southwest view

Beth Edwards, FUN IN THE SUN, Memphis, TN - Southwest view

Willow Park is surrounded by a diverse neighborhood. A variety of sports are played, such as soccer, softball and kickball.

 Beth Edwards, FUN IN THE SUN, Memphis, TN - Southeast view

Beth Edwards, FUN IN THE SUN, Memphis, TN - Southeast view

Also, in 2014 Edwards was awarded an ARTS ACCELERATOR GRANT.  Awarded by Art Memphis, the Arts Accelerator Grant is "for visual artists who are at a critical juncture in their career."