The William Edmondson Studio and Home Site is one of Nashville’s newest markers that commemorate the life and work of an amazing folk artist. William Edmondson was a proclaimed self-taught artist. His material of choice was limestone and he created sculptures in an open air workshop next to his Edgehill home. Mr. Edmondson would later become the first African American artist with a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York (2 years before Picasso). His limestone carvings were relatively unknown beyond his Edgehill neighborhood here in Nashville, until 1936. That is when a New York photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, saw his works while visiting friends in the city. His former home and workshop were close to being lost and through the dedication of a few including Mark Schlicher, the property is now a historical site.
Historical Marker Location – 1400 Block of 14th Ave. South, Nashville, TN