Artist of the moment…..Doctor Samella Sanders Lewis….

An interview with Cynthia Pope and Samella Lewis. She talks about other African American Artists such as Richard Mayhew whom I wrote about not long ago. The event was held in order to celebrate the many contributions made by Samella Sanders Lewis to the world of art.

This clip is from the awards ceremony for Lewis’ lifetime achievement award talked about in the previous clip. Lewis talks about growing up as a black female in the south. Seeing this clip made me feel a closer connection to Kara Walker.

The artist is featured here for black history month.

The artist is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art in New York City.   A link to her works in the collection:

The artist is a master of  mediums and “does it all” when it comes to making art. Sculptures, prints, watercolors, oils, and even woodcuts have been made by the artist.

Samella Sanders Lewis was born February 27th of 1924 in New Orleans. She is an artist herself, but is just as famous in the art world for being an art and cultural historian. She did her elementary and high school education in Louisiana. She earned a bachelors degree from the Hampton Institute in Virginia. Lewis went on to earn advanced degrees in art history and fine arts from Ohio State University.

She lived and studied art in South America, Africa, and Europe. When she began to study anthropology and learn about other cultures Lewis decided that she wanted to help shine some light on those cultures that were ignored for the most part.

The artist has been part of several books documenting the experience of being an African- American Female Artist. She came out with a book in 2012 which I was able to find on for less than eight dollars with shipping. I will give a short essay as soon as I read it.

Another great aspect about the artist is her talent for learning new ideas. She has not only mastered many mediums from printmaking to sculpture, she has completed four degrees at the collegiate level! Very inspiring!  No matter how much she learns she wants to learn more.

Samella Sanders Lewis inspires me not only to improve portraying emotion in my paintings and drawings. But also to improve my knowledge of art history.  My favorite print artists such as Kathe Kollwitz, Catlett, and Lewis all capture the emotions both happy and sorrowful in the characters they draw, paint, and sculpt. Earning many degrees and experiencing so many different cultures the artist is still hungry to learn more about the world and its inhabitants.  FANTASTIC!

After designing a greeting card for the NAACP the rear windows of her home were shot out by the Klu Klux Klan. Her work shows the humanity of people as well as their desire to be free.

high price: $16,800 in 2007.   Many prints are available starting around $2,500

Happy painting!



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