1921 – 2004
Who was Elma Lewis?
Elma Ina Lewis was a nationally recognized arts educator and the founder of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts. She was one of the first recipients of a MacArther Fellows Grant, in 1981, and received a Presidential Medal for the Arts by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. She is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.