Jeffrey Lewis Paintings and Drawings

artist’s statement

My work tends to fall into two genres—landscape and still life.

The landscapes, or more accurately, skyscapes, are shaped by my memories of upstate New York. Within those works, I’ve incorporated both direct observation and interpretive elements.

On another level, my skyscapes deal with the intangibilities associated with perception. What is it that’s retained by our selective memories? How does the temperament of a landscape or an object become so entrenched in our minds that we seem to understand its very essence in some elemental center of our being? The interaction of three influences—intuition, experience, and memory—helps to position our perceived reality within a structure greater than ourselves. When I’m painting, these influences coalesce and then emerge—principally in the quality of light found within my skyscapes’ space. That light, in turn, elicits an emotional response from the viewer. The images question the notion of an archetypal landscape while implicitly acknowledging the presence of the Divine.

Intimate still life objects in my paintings project a concern for order and quietude. Their placement emphasizes a sense of dignity and monumental existence in a suspended time—a time transcending the particularity of object or place. Ultimately, relationships between the content and the formal elements reconstruct a diffuse tranquility of a vision lost, hence establishing a sense of solace and a spirit of healing so needed in the disquieting times in which we live.

paintings

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résumé

Born

  • Brockport, NY 1952

Education

  • 1985
  • The University of Iowa - MFA
  • 1984
  • The University of Iowa - MA
  • 1979
  • State University of New York at Brockport - BA cum laude
  • 1978
  • Studio Assistant for Alex Katz
    Empire State College, Urban Studies Program, NYC

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • 2009/10
  • Who’s Who in American Art
  • 2008
  • Alden Bryan Memorial Award, 183rd Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, New York, New York
  • 2003
  • The Henry Luce III Center For the Arts and Religion - Artist-In-Residence, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
  • 2002
  • Artist Residency, Pouch Cove Foundation, Newfoundland, Canada
  • 1999
  • Outstanding Professor Fall 1999: Auburn University Panhellenic Council Service Award - The Program for Students with Disabilities: Auburn University
  • 1996
  • Summer Research Grant - Florence, Italy, Auburn University, Auburn
    Wiregrass Biennial, ‘First Place’, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama
  • 1995
  • 29th Annual National Exhibition, ‘Purchase Award’, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University, Auburn
  • 1994
  • Muscarelle Museum of Art, ‘Purchase Award’, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
    Muscarelle Museum of Art, ‘Honorable Mention’, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • 1992
  • National Drawing ’92, ‘Best of Show’, Trenton State College, Trenton, New Jersey
    National Drawing ’92, ‘Purchase Award’, Trenton State College, Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1991
  • Alabama Artists Showcase II, ‘First Place’, Montgomery, Alabama
    Critics Grant Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont
  • 1990
  • Meridian Museum of Art, ‘Purchase Award’, Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1987
  • The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire
    Arnot Museum of Art, Betts Komer ‘Purchase Award’, Elmira, New York
  • 1985
  • Third Annual Contemporary Realism, ’Best of Show’, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1983
  • Regional Print Show, ‘Honorable Mention’, Civic Fine Arts Association, Sioux Falls, SD
    Ybor National Print Exhibition, ‘Honorable Mention’, Ybor City, Florida

Solo Exhibitions Top

  • 2004
  • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama
    Dadian Gallery, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
  • 2003
  • Lewis Cooper Jr. Gallery, Opelika, Alabama
  • 2002
  • Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 2000
  • Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
  • 1998
  • The Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama
    Houghton College, Houghton, New York
  • 1997
  • The American School, TASIS, Surrey, England
    Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1995
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • 1991
  • Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1988
  • Goodwyn Hall Gallery, Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama
    Cortland Arts Council Gallery, Cortland, New York
  • 1997
  • Community School of Music and Art, Ithaca, New York

Selected Exhibitions Top

  • 2010
  • Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama – Landscape –Group Invitational
    Baker Arts Center, Liberal, Kansas – 12th National Juried Exhibition
    University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama – 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition
  • 2009
  • McWethy Gallery, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa
  • 2008
  • National Academy of Design - 183rd Annual: Invitational Exhibition, New York, New York
    Mobile Museum of Art - The Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile, Alabama
    Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery - Invitational Drawing Exhibition, University of Nevada at Las Vegas
  • 2007
  • Del Mar College, National Drawing & Small Sculpture Exhibition, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 2005
  • Meridian Museum of Art, Invitational Exhibition, Meridian, Mississippi
    Signs of Life Gallery, Invitational Group Exhibition, Lawrence, Kansas
    Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Auburn, Alabama
  • 2004
  • Bowery Gallery, National Juried Exhibition, New York, New York
    Columbus State University, Realism Today, Invitational Exhibition, Columbus, Georgia
    Signs of Life Gallery, Invitational Group Exhibition, Lawrence, Kansas
  • 2003
  • James Baird Gallery, International Invitational Exhibition, St. James, Newfoundland, Canada
    Dadian Gallery, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, Artists-in-Residence Invitational Exhibition, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
    Del Mar College, National Drawing and Small Sculpture Exhibition, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Catskill Mountain Foundation, Waxing Poetic: National Invitational Exhibition, Hunter, NY
    Energen Corporation, EnergenArt Competition, Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2002
  • Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Invitational Traveling Exhibition
    Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, Invitational Traveling Exhibition
  • 2001
  • Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
    Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana
    Gallery W, Sacramento, California
    Urban Art Institute, Chattanooga, Tennessee, A Presence Seen: National Juried Exhibition
    Houghton College, Houghton, New York
    Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton Pennsylvania, National Invitational Traveling Exhibition
  • 2000
  • Emporia State University, National Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Emporia, Kansas
    Catherine Moore Fine Art, Invitational Group Exhibition, New York, New York
    LWT Communications, Invitational Group Exhibition, Montgomery, Alabama
    Montgomery Museum of Fine, Art Auction 2000, Montgomery, Alabama
    Auburn Arts Association, Annual Juried Art, Auburn, Alabama
  • 1999
  • Bethel College, Cross Country II , Mishawaka, Indiana national juried exhibition
    Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, National Juried Exhibition, Winston-Salem, NC
    Tennessee Valley Art Center, Tuscumbia, Alabama National Juried Exhibition
    Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Three Person Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia
    University of Wisconsin, 1999 Painting Invitational, La Crosse, Wisconsin
    State University of New York, Alumni Invitational, Brockport, New York
  • 1998
  • Bowery Gallery, National Competition, New York, New York
    St. Petersburg Center For The Arts, Three Person Invitational Exhibition, St. Petersburg, Florida
    Lee Hansley Gallery, Invitational Exhibition: The Artists Window, Raleigh, North Carolina
    The Loomis Chaffee School, Invitational Group Exhibition, Connecticut
    Bethel College, Cross Country I Juried National Exhibition
    Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Invitational Group Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1996
  • Muscarelle Museum of Art, American Drawing Biennial V, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
    The Meridian Museum of Art, 23rd Annual Bi-State Art Competition, Meridian, Mississippi
    The Wiregrass Museum of Art, Wiregrass Biennial Art Competition, Dothan, Alabama
    The Meridian Museum of Art, Invitational Group Exhibition, Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1995
  • The Butler Institute of American Art , 59th Annual Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio
    Del Mar, 29th Annual National Exhibition, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Montgomery Museum of Art, 31st Montgomery Art Guild Exhibition, Montgomery, Alabama
    Comer Museum and Arts Center, Sylacauga, Alabama, National Juried Exhibition
    Alabama State Council on the Arts Gallery, Invitational Exhibition, Montgomery, Alabama

Teaching Experience Top

  • 2008
  • Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina - Master Class Instructor
  • 2004
  • Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY - Guest Artist
  • 2003
  • American University, Washington, DC - Guest Lecturer
    Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS - Guest Lecturer
  • 2001
  • Auburn University - Full Professor
  • 1999
  • Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama - Guest Lecturer
    University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, Wisconsin - Guest Artist/Lecturer
  • 1998
  • Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama - Master Class Instructor
    Houghton College, Houghton, New York - Guest Artist/Lecturer
  • 1997
  • The American School, TASIS, Surrey, England - Visiting Artist
    Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Kocher Visiting Artist
  • 1996
  • Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire - Guest Lecturer
  • 1994
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire - Visiting Associate Professor
  • 1993
  • Auburn University - Associate Professor
  • 1990
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire - Guest Lecturer
    The Stony Brook School, Long Island, New York - Guest Lecturer
  • 1988
  • Auburn University - Assistant Professor
  • 1989
  • Cornell University - Lecturer
    Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama - Guest Lecturer
  • 1985
  • The University of Iowa - Instructor

Public / Corporate Collections Top

  • Houghton College, Houghton, New York
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
  • Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • J. Frank, Inc., Rochester, New York
  • Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, Mississippi
  • Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Oscar Howe Cultural Center, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Print-Pack Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Regions Mortgage Company, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Southern Progress Publishers, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama
  • State University of New York at Brockport, Office of the President
  • The Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, Long Island, New York
  • The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Trenton State College, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

Private Collections

  • Great Britain, Italy, Scandinavia, United States

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