This influential Memphis artist will be represented by 28 paintings spanning 1956 to 2016. The emphasis of this exhibition is on her recent luminous paintings of night skies populated with moons, clouds, and shimmering light. These poetic images represent what the artist herself feels are the zenith of her career.
Veda, who moved to Memphis from Oklahoma in 1952, received her BFA from the Memphis Art Academy (today the Memphis College of Art) in 1956, and traveled to New York and England for several years before returning to teach at the Academy from the early 1960s to 1995. She received the prestigious Tennessee Governor’s Award in the Arts in 1996. The Brooks mounted exhibitions of her work in 1967 and 1980, and it is fitting that she be recognized during our centennial year.
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Organized by Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Generously sponsored by Memphis College of Art, Rose Johnston, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael McDonnell.
Veda Reed, American (active in Memphis), b. 1934, Day into Night, 2015, Oil on canvas, 48 x 48, Collection of Alice and Matt Crow. © Veda Reed