Galvanizing Social Action Through Art

Samella Lewis-Field Samella Lewis-I See You

Scripps College Professor Emerita Samella Lewis, internationally recognized artist, award-winning author, and art historian of African American and African art, was recently honored for her work to “make a difference in the world.”

The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) presented Dr. Lewis with its Art Is a Hammer award as part of its 25th anniversary celebration in October 2014. The center recognized four individuals for their contributions to galvanize social action through art, culture, and organizing.

Dr. Lewis’ work has been exhibited at the Getty Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the New York Historical Society, among numerous other renowned art institutions. She is the founder of the Los Angeles Museum of African American Art and the International Review of African American Art. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship; named a Distinguished Scholar, The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities; given a UNICEF visual arts award and six honorary doctorates, in addition to the one she earned at Ohio State University.


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