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2020 Sabrina Merage Foundation Artist Fellow

Phillip Andrew Lewis

upcoming project

Historic Site September 18th, 2021

Phillip Andrew Lewis (b. 1973, Memphis, TN) lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. In his practice, he works in a variety of media including photography, video, objects, and sound. His creative research often responds to historical events, psychology, and phenomenology. This work consistently examines duration, perceptual limits, and attentive observation. Lewis is actively involved in collaboration with artists and various groups and has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally.

Lewis received a 2012 Creative Capital Grant in Visual Art for his ongoing long-term project entitled SYNONYM. He has also received generous support for his research from Headlands Center for the Arts, Culture and Animals Foundation, Center for Creative Photography, Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York, Fathomers, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Midway Contemporary Arts Fund, Tennessee Arts Commission, University of Tennessee, Urban Arts Commission, The Heinz Foundation, and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Lewis is a UC Foundation Associate Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee.


Lenka Clayton and Phillip Andrew Lewis are Black Cube’s first named Artist Fellows under the Sabrina Merage Foundation. Part of Black Cube’s Artist Fellowship program, the Sabrina Merage Foundation Artist Fellowship is a 2020 fellowship for a contemporary artist, duo, or collective working at the intersection of inclusivity and diversity. This fellowship was created to support artists interested in cultivating relationships between new audiences and contemporary art. The two artists will be working collaboratively for their fellowship to create a site-specific artwork that embodies universal perspectives.

Ska Pastora, photograph, 2019 — View detail

James Hutton Institute, photograph, 2018 — View detail

Phillip Andrew Lewis & Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Spirit Molecule I, growth chamber, medicinal plants, 2018 — View detail

Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis, Late Anni Albers, quilt, 2019 — View detail

Phillip Andrew Lewis & Kevin Cooley, Through The Skies For You, sailboat, 2013 — View detail

SYNONYM, sculpture, 2016 — View detail

Distribution In Red, light box, vacuum form sign, 2016 — View detail

Phillip Andrew Lewis & Kevin Cooley, Timelines, daily drawings of realtime earthquakes, 2016-ongoing — View detail

Phillip Andrew Lewis & Kevin Cooley, In The Valley Of The Sun, twelve flatscreens, closed circuit video feed, 2016 — View detail

Modifier, photograph, 2018 — View detail