Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Wanda Ewing: Life and Career

The beloved Omaha artist and educator passed away at the age of 43.

To pay respects, please consider visiting Wanda's resting place at Forest Lawn, donating to the Wanda Ewing Memorial Scholarship, or encouraging someone to find and explore their own voices in whatever ways that may look like.

According to Wanda Ewing's official website:

The late artist Wanda Ewing’s work ranged from traditional print media to painting, sculpture, and fiber arts, and was influenced by folk-art aesthetics and the depiction—and lack thereof—of African-American women in popular culture and the canon of art history. Throughout her career, she represented the connections between autobiography, community, and history, often with a biting, comical edge.

Wanda was a printmaker, painter, collage and multimedia artist and latch hook maven. Inspired by images found in popular culture, her work addressed social issues using humor as a starting point. As a viewer you will always be surprised (maybe even shocked) into looking inward and evaluating—then perhaps re-evaluating—your opinions about race, female beauty standards, sexuality and identity.

Wanda received her B.F.A. in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and later received both her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Iowa. She was an associate professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Wanda passed away on Dec. 8, 2013 at the age of 43, due to complications from chemotherapy.