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June Edmonds

June Edmonds in studio

June Edmonds (b. 1959) was born in Los Angeles, where she lives and works. Edmonds received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Edmonds was recently awarded the 2023 MacDowell Spring-Summer Fellowship, Peterborough, NH; and the Ucross Foundation Spring Fellowship, foothills of Bighorn Mountains, Northeast Wyoming, among many other prestigious awards such as the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Art Fellows (2022), Los Angeles, CA, and the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Fine Arts (2022), New York, NY, the inaugural 2020 AWARE Prize, presented by the French non-profit Archive of Women Artists Research and Exhibitions; The Harpo Foundation Grant in 2020 and a 2018 City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant (COLA). 

Edmonds uses abstract painting to explore how color, repetition, movement, and balance can serve as conduits to spiritual contemplation and interpersonal connection to her African-American roots. Exploring the psychological construct of skin color or tone through pattern and abstract painting has proven to be a revealing gesture and these ideas are explored in her three ongoing series: the Energy Wheel Paintings inspired by her meditation practice, Joy of Other Suns series centering on abstracted maps of migration and her Flag Paintings, which explore the alignment of multiple identities such as race, nationality, gender, or political leanings.

Edmonds has exhibited at The Getty Villa, Malibu, CA; Marche de I’art at the Dakar Biennial, Dakar, Senegal; Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; Davis Museum of Art, Wellesley College, MA; California African American Museum, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Luckman Fine Art Gallery at CalState Los Angeles, Watts Tower Art Center in Los Angeles, CA; Angels Gate Art Center in San Pedro, CA; and the Manhattan Beach Art Center in Manhattan Beach, CA. Edmonds has completed several works of public art with the city of Los Angeles and the Department of Cultural Affairs, including an installation at the MTA Pacific Station in Long Beach, CA. Her paintings are held in collections throughout the United States including the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amhurst, MA; Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University, Muncie, IN; Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art, Asbury, NJ; The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; as well as Arthur Lewis Collection, Los Angeles, CA; Rodney M. Miller Collection, New York, NY; Jorge Pérez Collection, Miami, FL; Michael Rubel Collection, Los Angeles, CA; David Rogath Collection, Greenwich, CT; and Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth Collection, Palm Beach, FL; among others. Edmonds has completed several works of public art with the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LAMTA) in Long Beach, CA; murals of La Jolla, CA in 2021;  and Venerable House at CalTech, Pasadena, CA  in 2024.

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