The Red Arrow Gallery / 919 Gallatin, Suite #4 December 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Desmond Lewis

Desmond Lewis is an artist who uses steel and concrete in his sculptures to correlate the invisibility of structural steel within buildings with the concealed structural importance of African Americans in the United States. Within his work he creates fabricated and forged sculptures that abstractly address conversations surrounding race, equality, and community. The work in Broke explores the notion of what it means for a material to fracture under stress from the confinement of American infrastructure.

Desmond Lewis was born and raised in Nashville, TN and currently resides in New Haven, CT. He earned his BS from Tennessee State University, an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Memphis, and an MBA from The University of Tennessee at Martin. Desmond has completed residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. Desmond’s work can be found in several public and private collections around the US including: Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, Orange Mound Neighborhood and Veterans Association, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Desmond is on the Board of Directors at the Metal Museum. He is currently a Lecturer in Sculpture and the Fabrication Shops Coordinator in the School of Art at Yale University.