Edgar Jerins was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1958. He was the recipient of a full scholarship from Scholastic Art Awards to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts graduating in 1980 with a four year certificate. That year, he was awarded a Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, which funded his move to Los Angeles. Subsequent grants : The Pollock-KrasnerFoundation Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant, George Sugarman Foundation Grant (twice), and the E.D. Foundation Grant.