A longtime UMaine Orono artwork professor who was influential in constructing the office died in late June.
Michael H. Lewis, a professor emeritus of artwork, died on June 27 subsequent “a lengthy disease,” according to the college. He was 79 many years old.
In 1966, when Lewis was 25 yrs old, he joined the UMaine artwork section, which experienced just a few members at the time and was led by founder Vincent Hartgen.
A Brooklyn, New York, native, Lewis never planned to continue to be in Maine extensive. But he and his spouse hardly ever uncovered a explanation to leave.
“[Hartgen] brought this mind-set to the office to be committed not just to the learners but the Maine neighborhood. That resonated with me,” Lewis instructed the Bangor Day by day News in 2012. “I preferred it so considerably here, I have never made the decision to go.”
Throughout his time at the faculty, Lewis was critical to environment up the division for potential college students, creating a foundation by educating painting and drawing courses, mentoring equally college students and school, and serving as office chair and associate dean.
The professor was an attained artist himself, creating “innovative, ever-evolving” paintings and drawings that have been showcased across the planet and incorporated in personal collections.
“Teaching retains me shut to folks who are finding the enjoyable approach of creativity and self-expression, and it renews my possess pleasure,” Lewis stated in 2012.
Lewis pursued a higher knowing of spirituality and mysticism in his do the job and his personal life, the school stated Wednesday.
“He utilized landscapes as a medium to explore and enlighten, reflecting the outcome of Maine on his subconscious,” faculty officials wrote.
For the duration of the a long time he taught at UMaine, the school reported his guidance to learners in no way modified:
“Do what you love. Believe that that your function will inspire some others. Aid creativity and hold producing art.”
A scholarship at the college, the Professor Michael H. Lewis Art Scholarship Fund, was made pursuing his retirement as a result of presents from colleagues, previous learners and good friends. All those intrigued in the fund can find out more by contacting 207-581-5100.