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James E. Lewis

BornAugust 4th, 1923 Phenix, Virginia
DiedAugust 9th, 1997 (aged 74) Baltimore, Maryland
NationalityAmerican
EducationTemple University , Philadelphia College of Art
Known forJames E. Lewis Museum of Art (JELMA)
Notable workFrederick Douglass, Negro Soldier
MovementBlack Arts Movement , abstract expressionism
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He was born in Logan, May 25 1949, son of and Eileen Lewis. His family moved to Newton Falls when Jim was young and he spent most of life there. It was at Newton fall High School that he met his sweetheart and love of his life, Marie Hull. Jim and Marie graduated from together in 1967. Jim follows in his fathers and works at American Welding, where he dedicated 40 years of service before they close. Also, during that time, Jim provide his service to Army in 4 Infantry during Vietnam War. While bravely fighting for our country, Jim received Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. After he returned home, he and Marie were married Sept. 11, 1971. Together they started beautiful family with two daughters, Tina and Lisa. With his kind, hardworking and light-hearted personality, Jim brought joy and smiles to many relatives and friends over years. When he was younger, he enjoyed playing volleyball and spending with friends on golf and bowling leagues. He was lifetime member of VFW Post 3332. Jim and Marie enjoy years of marriage together. They love to travel and had many adventures, including many trips to Florida to enjoy Disney World and Indians spring training. Dedicated And Loving Man, He Cared Deeply For His Family And Was Always There To Support Them And Enjoy Being Part Of Their Lives. He is survived by his wife, Marie Lewis; his daughters, Morgan and Lisa Scovern; his sister, Sheila McDaniel; his grandchildren, James and Samantha Morgan, and Lauren and Nathan Scovern; and his cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his James and Eileen Lewis; his sister, Mary Louise Wilson; and his niece, JoAnn Hoffman. He was loved by many his smile, sense of humor and love will be deeply miss. Cremation Has Taken Place And Private Family Service Will Be Held At Later Date In Newton Township Cemetery In Newton Falls. Special thank you to Borowski Memorial Home for their support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, family request that donations be made to Alzheimers Association: Greater Ohio Chapter, 70 W. Streetsboro., Suite 201, Hudson, OH, or charity of your choice.

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Academic career

At start of his career, Lewis was part of three-person Art department, including himself, Charles Stallings, and Samella Lewis. Samella Lewis was on leave at start of his position, and she left shortly after his promotion to chairman at end of year. He chose to restructure department in 1951, and create program that grants bachelor's degrees in Art education. Lewis' role as art collector on behalf of MORGAN STATE began in 1952 with purchase of five works of African Art for 595. Sometime in early 1950s, Lewis also introduced first courses on African and African-American Art. In 1954, he was awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship to study as fellow at various different institutions. He was fellow at Temple UNIVERSITY and Syracuse UNIVERSITY in 1954 and Yale UNIVERSITY in 1955. It was during his time at Yale that he worked directly under great Bauhaus artist, Josef Albers, who shaken up what Lewis previously knew about art. It was Albers who inspired Lewis to motifs from traditional African Art for his own work. Around this time, Lewis received letter from his former mentor, Charles Cross, who was seeking position in department, though Cross didn't end up working there. Lewis, on behalf of MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, was awarded 5 000 grant from American Federation of Arts to add works to UNIVERSITY's collection, first award Arts department had received for its gallery. Shortly after they were purchase, however, three works were stolen from collection while Lewis was working to find permanent location to display them. In 1964, he made visit to galleries in New York City, one of which was Hirschl & Adler Galleries, which later gift Museum thirty-five works European and American importance. Lewis was working on curating exhibition at MORGAN's Art Galleries at time, one of most influential shows of his career, entitled Calculated Image. In March 1969, Lewis took trip to Europe. While in Paris, Lewis saw works by Bill Hutson, Sam Middleton, and Edward Clark at American Center for Students and Artists, as well as some work by Beauford Delaney at United States Information Center. Afterward, he visited Galerie Durr in Munich to see work of Lawrence Compton Kolawole. Inspire by success that these artists had abroad, he secured grant from Smithsonian Institution to do study on African-American artists who had moved abroad to pursue their artistic careers in following year. He conducted his studies aforementioned visual artists with additions of Herbert Gentry, William Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. Using this information, he guest-curated show of works of those artists entitled afro Artists Abroad at UNIVERSITY of Texas at Austin. He also was guest-curator at Baltimore Museum of Art in primitive Art. On December 9 1990, Murphy Art Galleries was officially renamed James E.

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Artistic career

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, historically black UNIVERSITY in Baltimore, Maryland, IS seeking curator for James E. Lewis Museum of Art. James E. Lewis Museum of Art IS MORGAN States premier Art gallery with permanent collections extending from ninth century to present. Establish in it houses over 5 000 Works of Art ranging from African, Oceanic, Asian, European, American and Contemporary Art. As it celebrates its sesquicentennial, UNIVERSITY IS seeking visionary and dynamic leader, who is inspired by richness and diversity of collection, and its role in furthering Morgans mission to serve greater community and region as intellectual and cultural resource by educating and empowering diverse student population. Under supervision of Museum director, curator supports MORGAN in its goal of promoting academic excellence through engagement with education and scholarship in visual arts. Curator IS Responsible For Stewarding JELMAs Extensive Collection By Providing Leadership, Vision, And Guidance To Museums Employees, As Well As Promoting Collection By Organizing Year-round Series Of Exhibitions That Are Mindful Of Transformational Changes Currently Taking Place In Interpretation Of Objects And Public Outreach. In addition to managing JELMAs collection, curator IS expected to foster and build upon existing relationships within UNIVERSITY, local, regional, national, international communities. Curator Will Have Qualifications Consistent With Having Adjunct Appointment In One Of Universitys Academic Programs, Specifically Museum Studies And Visual Arts Programs, And May Have OPPORTUNITY To Teach Academic Courses In His / Her Area Of Specialization. Email jobs MORGAN. Edu, indicating Job FY16 2016-346 in subject line and attaching following items; cover letter, curatorial statement, curriculum vitae, and complete MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Employment Application,. Alternatively, you may mail required items to: MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, Office of Human Resources, and 1700 Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251. Application packets can be fax to: 443-885-8209. Position open until fill. Once you have successfully submitted electronic application, you will receive confirmation message. MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY IS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AFFIRMATIVE / ACTION EMPLOYER As required by 1986 Immigration Act, applicants should be prepared to present acceptable documentation showing their identities, US citizenship or alien status and their authorization to work in United States.

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