I have been an artist all my life. My parents, Monty Lewis and Mary Ellis Lewis, founded the Coronado School of Fine Arts in California after WWII. I studied and attended studio classes there as a child before attending Scripps College where I majored in art and philosophy, with an emphasis on ceramics, graduating in 1959. I continued my graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, majoring in sculpture, and completed my MFA in 1981.
I was a founding member of the Midwest Clay Guild (1970) in Evanston, IL, producing large-scale ceramic sculpture installations. Exhibition venues included the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Navy Pier.
I have had two retrospectives during the course of my career at the Hyde Park Art Center and the Evanston Art Center, which showcased my ceramic work as well as watercolors and paintings. My most recent exhibit at the Ed Pashke Art Center in Chicago in 2018 featured recent paintings. One of my favorite projects was conducting 83 oral interviews with Chicago artists over 70, entitled 70+ Chicago Visual Artists Oral History Archive.
Interviews were recorded between 2010-2013 and are housed at the Ryerson and Burnham Library at the Art Institute of Chicago and can be accessed online.