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Norman Lewis

1909 Born in New York City, July 23
1979 Died in New York City, August 27

1933-35 Columbia University and The John Reed Club Art School, New York
Accepted into the Federal Art Program of the Works Progress Administration, (WPA)

1998 Black New York Artists of the 20th Century: Selections from the Schomburg
Center Collection
, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New
York; catalogue
Norman Lewis: Black Paintings 1946-1977, The Studio Museum in Harlem,
New York; other venues; The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; The
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH; catalogue
1960s: Paintings & Works on Papers, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1989 Norman Lewis: From the Harlem Renaissance to Abstraction, Kenkeleba
Gallery, New York
1976 First retrospective exhibition, Norman Lewis, A Retrospective, Graduate
School and University Center of the City University of New York
1975 Awarded a fellowship from the John Solomon Guggenheim Memorial
1972-79 Taught at The Art Students League, New York
1972 Awarded Mark Rothko Foundation grant and an Individual Artists’
Fellowship for the National Endowment for the Arts
1971 Black Artists: Two Generations, The Newark Museum, New Jersey
1969 With Romare Bearden and Ernest Crichlow founded the Cinque Gallery
in New York
1964 Final solo exhibition at the Willard Gallery. Relocates to California.
1963 A founding member of Spiral, group of African-American artists that
included Charles Alston, Romare Bearden and Hale Woodruff
1958 Nature in Abstraction, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1952 Received honorable mention in the 10th Annual American Drawing,
Virginia Museum, Norfolk
1951 Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America, The Museum of Modern Art,
New York
1950 The only African-American artist to be included in the Artists’ Sessions
at Studio 35, intended to define the Abstract Expressionist movement.
The sessions were jointly moderated by Alfred J. Barr, Jr., and
included Louise Bourgeois, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and
Ad Reinhardt
1949 First solo exhibition at the Willard Gallery. Lewis would have solo
exhibitions at the gallery in 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1961.
1946 Accepted into the Marian Willard Gallery, New York. The gallery also
represented Lyonel Feininger, Morris Graves, Mark Tobey and David
1943 Designer of the war relief poster for the Congress of Industrial
1940 Art of the American Negro, Tanner Galleries, Chicago, IL
1935-37 Taught at P.S.139 and the Harlem community Art Center in New York,
under the auspices of the WPA
1935 Founding member of the Harlem Artists Guild. Members included Romare Bearden, Selma Burke and Beauford and Joseph Delaney
1934 Member of the famed "306 Group," an organization of artists and writers
that met in the studio of painter Charles Alston
1933 Began painting at Augusta Savage’s Uptown Art Laboratory, New York


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