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Member Profile: Artis Lane

Artis Lane is an internationally recognized artist known for her bronze sculpture and portraiture, as well as her work addressing racism, social injustice and metaphysics. Her portrait of Rosa Parks is in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and her bust of Sojourner Truth, recently unveiled by First Lady Michelle Obama, is permanently installed in Emancipation Hall. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Artis has lived and worked in Los Angeles for over thirty-five years, and was recently honored by a retrospective at the California African American Museum.  

Member Since: Artis re-joined the museum at the Spring 2014 opening for Timothy Washington: Love Thy Neighbor. Aside from being a friend and contemporary to Washington, Artis explains that this exhibition "moved me the most, and his message is universal."  

Why CAFAM: "CAFAM is a much more intimate place than many of the larger museums in LA. It has a worldwide appeal and represents all groups of people - in particular, CAFAM has provided a stage for African American artists."  

Strong memory: In addition to Love Thy Neighbor, Artis recalls the work of Sonya Clark, whose 2013 show Material Reflex explored the layered historical and intergenerational contexts of racial identity, disenfranchisement, and definitions of beauty within African diasporic cultures. The portrait of Madame CJ Walker made from combs particularly resonated with her, and she says "As a black female artist, I identified with Sonya's images." 

Artis(t)'s Life: Artis began making art as a small child. She remembers using river clay to sculpt her own version of a porcelain doll her grandmother gave to her. "Sculpture was my first love," she says.  To learn more about Artis and her work go to:



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