Memphis Wood

Artist Biographical Information

Memphis Wood, 1902-1989, was a highly influential artist and art educator in Jacksonville, Florida. Wood moved to Jacksonville in 1929 to begin a 33-year teaching career and as one of the city’s first art educators, helped to shape the talents of a number of local artists. She worked in many different media, including printmaking, collage, painting, fibers, and clay. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia in 1947 and was one of the founders of the Jacksonville Art Museum (not the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville). In 2005 the museum established the Memphis Wood Excellence in Teaching Award to honor outstanding art educators on the First Coast.


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fiber, tapestries, yarn


Wall hanging made by Memphis Wood for the office of the dean of UNF Arts & Sciences, Willard O. Ash, for the Venture Studies Program. Received Oct. 25, 1975.

See The Halyard, vol. 3, no. 4 for an article about the gift.

Not currently on display in the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. In storage.

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wall hanging; stitchery; needlework; vitruvian man