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Samella Lewis (1925 - )
Samella Lewis is an internationally celebrated artist and art historian born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lewis began her art career as an undergraduate student at Dillard University under Elizabeth Catlett-Mora. With Ms. Catlett's encouragement, she enrolled at the Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia. Lewis fell under the instruction of Viktor Lowenfeld who changed the course of art education in the United States.
After earning her B.A. degree at Hampton, Lewis earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Fine Arts and Art History, with a concentration on Asian and African arts and culture from Ohio State University.
Dr. Lewis greatly impacted the credibility of African American artists, by creating exhibition opportunities through establishing the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles and the International Review of African American Art.
Dr. Lewis' work is included in many private collections, important galleries and museum collections including Atlanta University and the High Museum of Art, Georgia; Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; Hampton University Museum, Virginia and the Oakland Museum, California.