Edwina Milner


Edwina Milner studied art at the University of Texas in Austin and at that time worked as a fashion artist for department stores. After marrying Charles Milner in 1954 they moved to Houston, TX where she did graduate work at Rice University. During this time she showed in several galleries in Houston, designed costumes for professional theater and organized studio tours for the Art League.
Edwina’s work was accepted by the Dallas Museum, the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the University of Texas Museum in Austin. But she realized that women artists were under-represented in galleries and museums and put her career on hold to help female artists get the recognition they deserved. She became a Board Member of the Art League of Houston and joined the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. She organized state committees and was asked to join the Texas State Committee where she served for 11 years before moving to New Mexico.
Edwina is well known in Santa Fe where she has served on the Boards of the Native American Preparatory School and is a Trustee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. She was appointed to the Board of Regents overseeing New Mexico museums and historical sights by Governor Richardson and is on numerous boards including the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.
Edwina Milner has painted for many years and has received awards in nearly all of the juried Art Exhibitions that she entered. She has also received several honors including the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Women in New Mexico.
She describes her recent work as representing paths in life - adventurous, full of curves, turns and bright lights; a magical one full of romance, beauty, colors and gold. She feels that her paths and decisions have been golden, the color of the paths in her paintings.

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