EDDA RENOUF – BIOGRAPHY
American born in Mexico City. Lived in New York City 1968-1991 and in Paris 1971-1975. Presently lives and works in Paris, since her return in 1991.
1968-71 M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, NY, USA
1969-70 Academie der Bildende Künste, Münich, Germany
1967-68 Art Students League, New York, NY, USA
1963-64 Académie Julian, Paris, France
1961-65 B.A. Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, USA
1996 Commission for etching - C.N.A.P (Centre National des Arts Plastiques) France
1990 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, USA
1976 N.E.A. Grant, USA
1971-72 Painting fellowship, Columbia University, Paris, France
Has given lectures at the University of Michigan; New York University; Brown University; Rhode
Island School of Design; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Artothèque, Valence, France; École de Beaux Arts, Caen, France; École Nationale Supérieure de Beaux Arts, Paris; Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany; Brenau University, Gainsville, GA; Emory University, Atlanta.
1995-96 Guest professor in painting and print-making at École Nationale Supérieure de Beaux Arts, Paris
1978-1981 Travels and works on her art during three summers in Oaxaca, Mexico
1984 Travels in India
2004 Travels in Japan
1977-2004 Marries Alain Middleton, the French-British contemporary music composer.
Several artistic collaborations include "Overtones" (1977), a portfolio of etchings with music,
published by Parasol Press, New York; Additional projects with Alain Middleton included a concert at the Blum Helman Gallery, New York in 1982 performed at the opening of Renouf’s exhibition “Recent Work”. This concert of compositions based on instrumental sounds together with the resonance of natural overtones, initiated a long term collaboration. Interdisciplinary projects followed in the United States and Europe in several museums: in 1978 at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT a performance of works by Middleton was given for the opening of Renouf’s exhibition “Matrix #36”; the Saint Louis Museum, Saint Louis, MO, in 1980, commissioned the Saint Louis Orchestra to perform a composition by Middleton when Renouf had a solo exhibition at the Greenberg Gallery; and in 1981 a concert was given for the New Music Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland with the musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra. Renouf and Middleton also presented their work at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, in 2004.
In 1997 Middleton’s composition Polyrhythms for four marimbas and percussionists, with a focus on reduction, resonance, polyrhythmic structures and open modes, was performed for the opening of Renouf's retrospective exhibition at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany, by the percussion ensemble of the Karlsruhe Conservatory. A CD of the concert Polyrhythms with a cover designed by Renouf was released for this occasion.
Birth in 1979 of their daughter Mélisande.