Carl Lee EdwardsDecember 28, 1957 ~ July 27, 2017 (age 59)
Carl Lee Edwards was born in a small town in Southern Louisiana to OC and Jane Edwards. In his childhood he lived in Texas, Chicago, Indiana Wisconsin, and graduated from Evanston Township High School with the first class of the Senior Seminar. He was without a doubt one of the ‘cool kids;’ famous for his shoulder length hair and jeans that had more patches than original material.
He received his BA in Art from Illinois State University, Chicago Circle Campus in Video Processing, while working in Public Access in Evanston, IL. He quickly got started in the early days of CGI in the Midwest, working on productions in Detroit and Chicago. Within a few years he found his way to New York City, where he worked on television commercials for many of the biggest advertisers of the time, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Gillette, Mercedes-Benz, Kool-Aid and many others. He also worked on Elmo’s World, an early experiment in virtual environments for Sesame Street, where his technology is still in use.
After several years of moonlighting teaching CGI at Pratt University, he was recruited by the School of Visual Arts in New York City as a full time faculty member in the Computer Animation Department, teaching graduate level, undergrad and continuing education. Several of his students have gone on to work on Oscar-winning Best Animated Shorts and Best Animated Features, as well as Best Visual Effects.
He preceded in death by his wonderful wife, the artist Jane Sablow. He is survived by his sister, Louise Edwards-Simpson, PhD of the Twin Cities, and his brother, Sam Edwards of Santa Monica, CA. He is also survived by his parents, OC and Jane Edwards of Weaverville, NC.