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Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection

Owning Institution: Claremont Colleges Library

About this Collection

In 2007, Scripps College inaugurated the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection in honor of Dr. Samella Lewis, who taught at Scripps from 1969 to 1984. An artist, art historian, curator, editor, and filmmaker, Dr. Lewis wrote the first textbook on African American art history, as well as monographs on leading artists Elizabeth Catlett and Richmond Barthé. The collection focuses on contemporary artists, with a special emphasis on art by women and African American artists. Featured are mixed-media works by Stas Orlovski and Susan Rankaitis; drawings by Elizabeth Turk; prints by John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Sue Coe, Floyd Coleman, Samella Lewis, Nancy Macko, Adrian Piper, Faith Ringgold, Alison Saar; and photographs by William Anderson, Joyce Campbell, Anton Hardt, and Carrie Mae Weems. For other photographs, see the Scripps College 19th and 20th Century Photographs collection. The works on paper may be viewed in the C. Jane Hurley Wilson ’64 and Michael G. Wilson Photograph and Print Study Room. For an appointment, please call (909) 607-8090. View this collection on the contributor's website.

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