Samella Lewis (Born in February 27, 1924 in New Orleans) is an African American Artist (painter, printmaker, sculptor), author and educator. Widely exhibited and collected as an artist herself, she is never the less, perhaps, even better known as a historian, critic, and collector of art, especially African American art. In the 1960’s 1970’s her work reflected humanity and freedom. She produced lithographs, linocuts, and serigraphs. It is with great honor that the Joyce Gordon Gallery opens up a gallery under her name. The gallery, “From the Collection of Samella Lewis” will feature prominent African American painters, printmakers and sculptors. This Masters of Fine Art collection will provide a specialist and in-depth documentation of African American Art History and the influences of Contemporary African American Art today.