Bio

  • Edward Pramuk (born Akron, Ohio, 1936)
  • Studied painting, drawing and printmaking at the Akron Art Institute, did Masters work at Kent State University, with one year of graduate study at Queens College with Abstract Expressionists James Brooks and John Ferren.
  • Exhibitions in Louisiana, New York and Texas, including showings at Simonne Stern and Sylvia Schmidt Galleries in New Orleans, Pelham-von Stoffler in Houston, and a solo show at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 1974. Currently represented by Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge.
  • He was invited to participate in the 1978 Abstraction In Louisiana exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans.
  • He moved toward figuration in 1980, producing two shows at the First Street Gallery in Manhattan: Piano Suite and Circe In Louisiana, which explored the myth of the goddess, Circe, in Acadiana settings.
  • Prelude, a portrait of a young pianist at the keyboard, was included in the 1983 National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition.
  • Taught painting, drawing, and design in the LSU School of Art for 35 years. (Retired in 2000 as professor emeritus)
  • In 2000 a retrospective exhibition, Space, Myth and Memory, was held at the LSU School of Art, the LASM in Baton Rouge, and the Alexandria Museum of Art.
  • In 2002 he was commissioned to paint a mural-size painting of the great jazz pianist/composer, Bill Evans, for the School of Music at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. The permanent public installation in the Pottle Music Building, features additional images of 8 Louisiana Jazz Legends such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton and Alvin Batiste.
  • In 2004 he completed a series of paintings of icebergs appearing in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2005 the Ann Connelly Gallery displayed these works along with daughter, Andrea Pramuk’s abstractions.
  • In 2009, The LSU Museum of Art mounted an exhibition titled, Reunion, featuring Pramuk along with former LSU colleagues, Robert Warrens and James Burke. That was followed in 2013 by an exhibition of 30 collage paintings entitled, Seeing Music,  which celebrated legendary jazz musicians.
  • In February 2015, Ann Connelly Fine Art presented a show of large-scale abstract paintings, Illuminations & Spring, at the Manship Theatre exhibition space in Baton Rouge. 
  • In June 2016 mounted exhibition Some Darkness / Some Light paintings 1974-2016 at the Acadiana Center For the Arts, Lafayette, LA. 
  • Pramuk continues to explore abstraction, as well as producing collage-paintings on jazz themes.  

publications

  • Louisiana Literature, Spring 1996 (Illustrated Elton Glaser poem)
  • The Georgia Review, Winter 1998 (9 paintings from Jazz Icon series)  
  • Brilliant Corners Jazz Journal, Winter 2003 (Cover Art)  
  • LSU Press: Treasures of LSU (Monument for My Father) commentary by LSU Museum Director, Thomas Livesay)
  • Southern Review, Winter 2010 (9 collage-paintings from the Voyages series)

Public Louisiana collections:

  • The New Orleans Museum of Art
  • The LSU Museum of Art
  • The Paul & Lulu Hilliard Art Museum
  • Pan American Life Insurance
  • The Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • The Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge
  • The Alexandria Museum of Art