Edward Giobbi: An Artist Comes to MemphisJuly 16, 2017, 8:00 am-September 24, 2017, 5:00 pm
Edward Giobbi was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1925, and grew up in a poor immigrant neighborhood during the Great Depression. After serving in World War II, he completed his art training in Boston, Provincetown, and nally in New York, at the Art Students League. In 1951, Giobbi moved to Florence for more than three years, where his experience of Italian Renaissance masterpieces—especially the work of Giotto (a name so like Giobbi)—exerted a profound in uence upon him. Returning to a coldwater at in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen in 1954, Giobbi sought to reconcile all he had learned from
his teachers and fellow artists in Boston, Provincetown, and New York, with the timeless works of art he had experienced in Florence.
In 1959, Edward Giobbi married Elinor “Ellie” Turner, a Memphis native then living in New York. After their marriage, Ed and Ellie spent a year in Florence, where their rst child was born. When the Giobbi family returned to the United States
in 1960, they settled in Memphis. e Turners were (and are) a well-known family in Memphis. Ellie’s brother, Nor eet Turner, was one of Mr. Dixon’s closest friends, and was one of the founding trustees of the Hugo Dixon Foundation (which formed the Dixon Gallery and Gardens).
e Giobbi family only spent one year in Memphis, but it was long enough for Edward to attract an interested local audience. Memphians became loyal friends, appreciative admirers of his work, and enthusiastic collectors. Well over fty years later, they remain loyal friends, appreciative admirers, and enthusiastic collectors. Edward Giobbi: An Artist Comes to Memphis is rst and most importantly an exhibition devoted to a signi cant artist’s work. But the show is also a meditation on the impact artists can have on the communities they touch, and in this case, the community is ours.
Edward Giobbi is 92 years old, he continues to be a productive working artist, and he will attend the opening of the exhibition on July 15.