Ed Dwight has been an artist since his youth. He is also a graduate engineer, a former USAF Test Pilot and America’s first African American Astronaut candidate. After a successful career as an Air Force Officer/Pilot, real estate and construction entrepreneur, Ed has dedicated the last 33 years solely to his art endeavors.
In 1975, while in the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Program at the University of Denver, Ed was commissioned by the Colorado Centennial Commission to create a series of bronzes depicting the contribution of Blacks to the American Frontier West. The series of 50 bronzes was on exhibit for several years throughout the United States, and gained widespread acceptance and critical acclaim. In 1979, while the series was on exhibit at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (National Park Service), Ed was encouraged to create a bronze series portraying the history and historical roots of Jazz. The series created, entitled "JAZZ: An American Art Form," now consists of over 70 bronzes characterizing the creation and evolution of Jazz from its African and European roots to the fusion of contemporary music currently.
Ed’s first large-scale commissioned work was the abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1978. This life-sized monument was commissioned by the National Park Service and is on display at the Douglass Museum in Anacostia, Maryland. Since this commission, Ed has completed some 113 large scale commissioned installations throughout the U.S. Ed has also created over 18,000 gallery sculptures and is represented in several galleries throughout the United States.
Ed was honored to be commissioned to the create the historical life size sculpture
of President Barack Obama’s inauguration scene, including the President, Michelle the two Obama girls and Chief Justice John Roberts administering the oath. It will go on tour throughout the U.S. exhibiting in museums the HBCU college circuit.
Ed operates a 30,000 sq.ft. studio/gallery & foundry in Denver, with several artisan craftsmen in his employ. After 25 years Ed has returned to painting in his “spare time.” Ed’s sculptures are rigorously collected by museums, institutions and art appreciators throughout the world.