Floyd Newsum

Artadia Awardee

My career spans some 38 years as a visual artist. I received my MFA degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. I live in Houston, Texas. I am married to my lovely wife, Janice, and we have two successful professional young adult children.

I have been in more than 80 solo and group exhibitions. My works have been displayed at the Taft Museum in Cincinnati; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Philadelphia Museum of Arts; Polk Museum, Lakeland Florida; David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland College Park; and at other museums.

My works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture, Washington DC, opening in September 2016, with my work on display; Philadelphia Museum of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Art Museum at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona; David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland College Park; Art Museum of South Texas; and other museums and institutions. My works have been published in catalogs, books and magazines. The most recent publication is Outside the Lines, published by the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. This catalog illustrates the abstract art of American artists across the country.

My public art commissions number six. Although I am a painter, four of the public art works are sculptures and one is a four-paneled painting. I believe that an artist should work in many mediums. As an artist I have created prints, drawing and sculptures. I am known for my paintings on paper, some of which are mounted on canvas.