Edward Pramuk studied painting, drawing and printmaking at the Akron Art Institute, did Masters work at Kent State, with one year of advanced study at Queens College with James Brooks and John Ferren. Exhibited work in Louisiana, New York and Texas, including showings at Simonne Stern and Sylvia Schmidt Galleries in New Orleans, Pelham-von Stoffler in Houston, and a solo show at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 1974. A retrospective exhibition, Space, Myth and Memory, was held in the LSU School of Art Gallery, the LASC in Baton Rouge, and in the Alexandria Museum of Art in 2000.
After working abstractly for many years, he moved toward figuration in 1980 and produced works that culminated in exhibitions at the First Street Gallery in Manhattan. Several paintings were selected for inclusion in the Artists Choice Museum group shows and Prelude, a portrait of a young pianist was included in the 1983 National Academy of Design Annual.
Taught painting, drawing, printmaking and design at LSU for 35 years, heading the Painting Area for 15 years. Pioneered the development of graduate pedagogical studies which prepares students to instruct foundation courses in design and drawing.
Active in interdisciplinary activity culminating in projects bringing together the students and faculties of Art, English, Philosophy and Music. Curated exhibitions showcasing the fruits of these interactions, featuring visual art collaborations, poetry readings and specially composed music.
Helped introduce and foster the Visiting Artist Program that over the years brought nationally and internationally known artists to teach, work and lecture in Baton Rouge.
Retired in 2000 as professor emeritus.
Continues to exhibit works on themes from nature, especially marine images from the Gulf of Mexico. A lifelong love of jazz is expressed through intimate mixed-media portraits of musicians, such as Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis.
Several large paintings are currently on view in the LSU Middleton Library and an exhibition of 20 paintings are featured at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation Headquarters.
A mural-size painting of jazz pianist/composer Bill Evans has recently been installed in the School of Music at Southeastern Louisiana University, where Evans earned a degree. Last spring saw the completion of 8 images celebrating Louisiana jazz legends, such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and Buddy Bolden. They now are part of the permanent Evans installation at the SLU School of Music.
Recent paintings involve dreams about icebergs appearing off the coast of Louisiana and elsewhere.