Mixed / Multimedia
Socially Engaged Art
Gina Marie Lewis seeks to employ her artwork and role as an artist/educator/activist in a quest for a tangible impact in the creative resolution of social issues related to wellness, and sustainability. Through the creation of A Community of Gardeners, a socially engaged gardening and art project, she focuses on the process of being sustainable, through acts of creativity, and community engagement. Using organic gardening as a metaphor for life, creative practice, and the interactive process she explores the cultivation of environment, relationships, and community. Gina continues to work in the visual arts using the layering of images, colors, and collages on two-dimensional surfaces and three-dimensional structures in the creation of relief works and installations that provide transformational experiences within a variety of spaces.
Gina holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, with a focus on Cultural Studies and Studio Art, from Norwich University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art, and the Studio Arts Coordinator, and has served as the Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD teaching courses in Painting, Printmaking, Integrated Studios, and Digital Media Arts. She has been an independent curator for the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel, MD, and the Millennium Arts Salon in Washington, DC. Gina has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the DC Metropolitan area, Pittsburgh, Hampton, VA, and New York.