Bio:  Patty Edwards

Patricia ‘Fleck’ Edwards is an Artist and Educator currently teaching at Old Dominion University and residing in Norfolk, Virginia.

She was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and upon graduation from high school attended a summer art enrichment program.  The summer art program at Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY allowed her to create her first oil painting under the direction of co-founders Carol Wolfe and Donna Clark.  Here, Ms. ‘Fleck’ Edwards found mentors and new direction in art.  She went on to obtain her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and later her MFA in Paitning from SUNY New Paltz.

Major events included the RISD experience and a ‘wintersession’ program where she served as an intern with the Stux Gallery, in Boston, now Stux Gallery in NYC.  After graduation from RISD she joined the Museum of Modern Art in Oct. 1986 and served in the membership offices at 11 West 53rd Street.  This opportunity allowed her to live and work in NYC.  She found this experience an exhilarating opportunity to explore museums, attend art opening events, lectures and galleries regularly.  She left the membership offices at MOMA to join Grey Advertising’s New Business Department where she worked as a computer graphic artist.

‘Fleck’ Edwards continued at Grey as a freelance artist while obtaining her MFA in Painting from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1991.  While a graduate student, she taught a drawing course at SUNY/New Paltz.  She was hired to teach at Dutchess Community College as an adjunct faculty member. 

She continued her own education by participating in a color workshop based on Bauhaus principles led by Ati Gropius-Johansen; and she exhibited at the Mid-Hudson Arts and Science Center and the DCC gallery.  Her accomplishments include an Individual Artists Grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council, 1994.

Full-time employment with the Alliance of New York State Arts Council relocated her to Rockland County where she was also invited to work as an Artist-in-Residence at the Intermedia Foundation in Haverstraw, New York, led by Professor David Weinrib.  David Weinrib continues to be an inspiration and mentor to Edwards.  When the Alliance of New York State Arts Councils relocated to Long Island, Edwards joined a small bank and served in branch administration in Westchester County.  Her part-time teaching continued and she served on the faculty at the Westchester Art Workshop as well as at the Irvington Studio School. 

In 1998 she enrolled in graduate classes at the College of New Rochelle to obtain her teaching licensure.  She was offered a full-time position as an Art Teacher at the Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe, New York. She was then hired to serve as the Art Supervisor for the Scarsdale Town Park and Recreation summer enrichment program in Westchester County and supervised student teachers in the summer art program at three area school locations. 

In 1999 she was hired by Norfolk Public Schools as an Art Teacher and relocated to Norfolk, Virginia.  She successfully served on the faculty at Ingleside Elementary School as well as Little Creek Elementary School.  Her accomplishments while an Art Teacher at Norfolk Public Schools include numerous grants: Town Foundation Grant recipient 2005, Safe Schools Healthy Student Grant recipient 2002/2003 and the Virginia Commission for the Arts: Teacher Incentive Grants for Instructional Projects.  While at Norfolk Public Schools, she was invited to join the staff at the Ghent Studio of Fine Art, (S.O.F.A.) a small art studio school in the community.

In August 2006, Edwards joined the Art faculty at Old Dominion University where she currently serves as Art Lecturer and a university supervisor in Art Education.  Edwards teaches Art Education courses at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and has designed curriculum to include service-learning components.  Community partnership projects have included the following organizations: the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, ForKids, inc., the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southampton Roads and Rosemont Youth Library and the Chrysler Museum of Art.

In May 2008 Edwards was recognized as an Artist and Educator by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Lab School of Washington.  She attended the Power of Art workshop based on the critical research of Sally Smith, founder of the Lab School of Washington where children with learning disabilities make meaningful connections through the arts.

In November 2009 Edwards was recognized by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads with the Bettie Minette Cooper Arts Educator Award.

Her recent publication of illustrations was through Princeton University Press; a project illustrating the work of ODU Physics Professor Larry Weinstein and Mathematics Professor John Adam; Guesstimation; 2008.

Patty Edwards lives in Norfolk, Virginia and is married to Ralph E. Edwards.


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