I Like Illinois: Artist of the Month

July 31, 2015

Growing up in segregated communities in North Carolina in the 1960s, we were not exposed to formal art. My interest in art originated with drawing cartoons and comic book heroes in elementary school. Kids would pay me quarters for drawings. My biggest dream was drawing “Bambi” from the Art Instruction School advertisement, believing I’d be selected to participate in the program never realizing it was a program where you completed assignments that you’d mail in for evaluation. I was naïve.

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Journal Star

July 10, 2015

A 30-year hiatus from painting left Ricardo Lewis wondering if he still had the technical skills, but arriving at a topic was no problem at all — the idea has been gestating his whole life.

Lewis’ portraits of young African-American men will be on display during “(In)Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art” at the Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts at First United Methodist Church in Peoria July 12 through Aug. 16.

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Presidential Portrait Commission

April 5, 2015

A somber portrait with a bland background just wouldn't do for Illinois State University President Larry Dietz or artist Rick Lewis. "You can't do Larry without Larry smiling, Larry's eyes squinting, the rosy cheeks" said Lewis, whose painting of the university's 19th president will be added to a gallery of previous leaders. "I think it's better than real life,"" said Dietz, who joked that Lewis used "portrait-shop" to touch up his appearance.

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The Pantagraph

April 2, 2015

"Invisible" is more than the name of a portrait exhibit at Illinois State University's Milner Library. It's also something the models in the paintings have experienced on campus.

The lack of information is deliberate. Artist Rick Lewis wants people to examine their own stereotypes as they look at the “(In)Visible Men” series.

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WGLT Radio Feature

March 30, 2015

ISU administrator Rick Lewis has been painting off and on since he was a young man, taking breaks to focus on his career, and to raise a family. He says his latest series of paintings (pictured), which explores the crossroads of race and identity, has been incubating in his head for most of three decades.

The series is now showing at ISU's Milner Library. WGLT's Jon Norton caught up with Lewis during its run earlier this year.

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Milner Exhibit

March 22, 2015

Rick Lewis, painter and Associate Dean in Illinois State University’s Dean of Students Office, has portraits of black men on display on Milner Library’s main floor until May 9. His exhibit is titled "(In)Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art."

In addition to the exhibit, there will be an Artist Talk & Reception at 4 p.m. on March 31 in Milner Library.

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Contemporary Portraiture

January 16, 2015

The McLean County Arts Center presents Contemporary Portraiture, an exhibition featuring work by Margaret LeJeune, Rick Lewis, and Jason Patterson in the Brandt Gallery, January 9 through February 14 2015. A reception will be on Friday, January 16 from 5 to 7 pm and an Art Talk given by the artists will be on Tuesday, February 3 at 6 pm. These events are free and open to the public.

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