Elma Lewis


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Elma Idna Lewis (September 15, 1921 – January 1, 2004) was the founder of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (including a museum) and the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts. She received the MacArther Fellows Grant in 1981. She was also given a Presidential Medal for the Arts by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. She is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. more »

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  • Our role is to support anything positive in black life and destroy anything negative that touches it. You have no other reason for being. I don't understand art for art's sake. Art is the guts of the ...
    Elma Lewis (b. 1921), African American artist. As quoted in The Decade of Women, by Suzanne Levine and Harriet Lyons (1980). On the mission of the...
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