Colorado & Regional Art

Lady in Red

Lady in Red

Year c. 1985

Artist Ed Dwight (b. 1933, American)

Media bronze

Dimensions 15 x 3 x 3 1/4 inches

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Edward Dwight Jr. joined the U.S. Air Force in 1953 and became a fighter pilot. He received a degree in aeronautical engineering from Arizona State University and in 1961 was chosen by President John F. Kennedy to become the first African American astronaut trainee. Dwight successfully completed the Experimental Test Pilot course and was a qualified Aerospace Research Pilot before leaving the Air Force in 1966. After the military he worked as an engineer, aviation consultant and in real estate and construction before shifting his focus solely to art in the mid-1970s. Dwight received an MFA from the University of Denver in 1977. From early sculpture series commissions Black Frontier in the American West, depicting the contribution of African Americans to the opening of the West, and Jazz: An American Art Form, Dwight has gone on to create dozens of public art pieces and memorials in Washington, DC and throughout the country. His memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, which also features the figures of Frederick Douglass, Mohandas Gandhi, Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth, was installed in Denver’s City Park in 2002. Ed Dwight Studios, his 30,000 sq. ft. studio/gallery and foundry, is in Denver.

ON VIEW in Sculpture Gallery 10

Signature Signed "Dwight 5/150" along lower side

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2004.0021