Eugene "Eda" Wade
Zachary, LA

Wade speaking to students on the meaning behind his recent work at Southern A&M.

Wade speaking to students on the meaning behind his recent work at Southern A&M.

Eugene "Eda" Wade is one of those phenomenal artists who adapts and updates his style to embrace new digital art forms that speak to history as well as Afro-Futurism.  His recent work centered around the African origins of religion, and seeks to educate on topics of heritage, culture, the global economy, social programing, mass communication, and the distribution of wealth.  A respected professional artist and educator in the community for over 60 years, Wade has created a body work that evolved from mural paintings of historical black figures, to digital collage printed on canvas of our true history.  In his latest Wisdom & Knowledge series, Wade brings to life bold cultural works of digital collage to present vital information of how minds are colonized by those in power, in order to have control over the masses of people.

Wade was a member of the core group of activist artists who painting the Wall of Respect and Wall of Truth murals in Chicago at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue in the 1960's.  With this creative collaboration, spearheaded by artist William Walker and the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC), the mural movement in Chicago was launched.  An early member of the Chicago Mural Group - Wade worked along with William Walker, John Weber, and Mark Rogovin to produce socially relevant and public art.  Wade has always been committed to making the "people's art, and has participated in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Southern University A&M College, Kennedy King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, and the DuSable Museum.

Wade received his B.S. in Art Education from Southern University in 1964, and M.F.A. from Howard University in 1971.  It was during his time at Howard that Eda began painting murals while still a student.  Wade relocated back to Chicago in 1971, were he became on of the Chicago Artist-in-Residence for Mural Painting.  He began teaching at Kennedy King College in 1979, until his retirement in 2005.  Returning to Louisiana, where he settled in Zachary and bought a home.  Wade continues to teach Art Appreciation at Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College.

Opening Reception
Wisdom & Knowledge
Friday, June 5 - from 6-10pm

“Art has been defined as a means of conceiving the world visually and the artists as the person who has the ability and desire to transform his visual perception into expression in material form.  It students know something about the art process, they can understand some of the new expressions that continue to be made by artists and some of those that were in the past.  The structure of knowledge of art has two distinct streams – one leading to the production of works of art, and the other concerning the appreciation of these products.  In students’ transition from the perception of their work to the visual statement of their experience, the concepts and processes are discussed.  These include perception, abstraction, and creativity, design aesthetic, art appreciate, and art judgement.  It is hoped that an understanding of creative-artistic behavior will open the door to an appreciate of the products of art.” - Eda Wade