“My hope is to create an atmosphere that invites the viewer to move from the particulars of the external, physical world to a mental space that is at once more personal, emotional, mystical, and perhaps spiritual.”
Michael H. Lewis was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA in painting from the State University College, New Paltz, New York in 1975, and an MA in painting from Michigan State University in 1964. Lewis came to the University of Maine in 1966. He teaches painting, drawing, and sequential art, has served as Chairperson of the art department, and as Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Lewis exhibits his paintings on a regular basis at Aucocisco Gallery in Portland, Maine. His works are included in the collection of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; the Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria; the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; and others.
Four of Lewis’ paintings were previously selected for the U.S. Department of State’s ART in the Embassies program, sent to the American Embassy Residence in Sanaa, Yemen from 2005 through 2007.