The Sculpture Group Artist
The sculptor of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, Ed Dwight, has created some 55 monuments and memorials to important Americans. Dwight memorials to noted African Americans include: A. Phillip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Hank Aaron, and Dr. Benjamin Mays. One of Dwight’s largest memorials is a tribute to the Underground Railroad installed on the grounds of the Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Ed Dwight began his career as a graduate engineer, a former USAF Test Pilot and America’s first African American Astronaut trainee. After a successful career as a real estate and construction entrepreneur, he has dedicated the last 23 years solely to his art endeavors. Dwight earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 1977. Today, Dwight has become one of the premier figurative artists in the world with works in private collections, institutions and major museums, including the Smithsonian Institution.
His first commission, by the State of Colorado Centennial commission, was a series of bronzes depicting the contribution of African Americans to the American Frontier West. In 1979, he was encouraged to create a bronze series portraying the history and historical roots of Jazz. The acclaimed series, entitled “JAZZ: An American Art Form,” now consists of over seventy bronzes memorializing such jazz masters as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzie Gillespie.
Ed Dwight resides in Denver, Colorado. He is the owner of Ed Dwight Studios, one of the largest single-artist production and marketing facilities in the western U.S.