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"Chromatic Expressions" by Megan Lewis: A Celebration of Vibrant Diversity at the Community Folk Art Center

Syracuse, NY - March 20, 2024 - The Community Folk Art Center is thrilled to announce the opening of "Chromatic Expressions," a captivating art exhibition by the esteemed artist Megan Lewis. The exhibition will be on view from March 25, 2024, to May 4, 2024, inviting art enthusiasts to immerse themselves in Lewis's vivid world of figurative painting and muralism. Lewis will also have an artist talk on April 17, 2024, at 6:00 PM at the Community Folk Art Center where she will delve into her creative process, inspirations, and the themes explored in “Chromatic Expressions."

About the Artist: Born in 1989 in Baltimore, MD, Megan Lewis is an accomplished artist who graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Her artistic journey has been marked by a commitment to celebrating the beauty, resilience, and complexity of the Black experience.

Lewis's work as a figurative painter is characterized by her masterful use of the palette knife, infusing her creations with bold colors, geometric patterns, and intricate textiles. Through her fantastical subjects, Lewis invites viewers to contemplate the thoughts and emotions of her characters, each embodying a unique narrative shaped by chance encounters and the artist's boundless imagination.

Embedded within Lewis's layered canvases are profound conversations on the social and historical portrayals of the Black body. In her statement, Lewis shares her journey of self-discovery and artistic expression, rooted in her experiences, memories, and aspirations. 

The Community Folk Art Center is honored to host "Chromatic Expressions," a testament to Megan Lewis's extraordinary talent and unwavering commitment to artistic innovation and social justice, says executive director and curator Tanisha Jackson. As a beacon of cultural and artistic pluralism, CFAC is dedicated to promoting the work of artists of the African Diaspora and fostering dialogue, understanding, and appreciation within our community and beyond. Join us in celebrating the opening of "Chromatic Expressions" and experiencing the transformative power of Megan Lewis's art. The exhibition promises to be a journey of discovery, inspiration, and celebration of the rich tapestry of human experience. 

About the Community Folk Art Center: Community Folk Art Center, Inc. (CFAC) is a vibrant cultural and artistic hub committed to the promotion and development of artists of the African Diaspora. Our mission is to exalt cultural and artistic pluralism by collecting, exhibiting, teaching, and interpreting the visual and expressive arts. Public programming includes exhibitions, film screenings, gallery talks, workshops, and courses in the studio arts, including dance and ceramics. A proud unit of the Department of African American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University, CFAC is a beacon of artistry, creativity, and cultural expression within the Syracuse community, the region, and the world.

Contact: For more information about "Chromatic Expressions" or to schedule an interview with Megan Lewis, please contact: Tanisha M. Jackson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community Folk Art Center, Phone: 315.442.2230 Email: