Mark Lewis - Faculty & Adjuncts

Mark Lewis, MFA

Mark Lewis, MFA
Director of Ruth Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist Program
Applied Associate Professor of Art
College of Arts & Sciences
Art, Design and Art History
918-631-3701 Website Phillips Hall Room 217


MFA – Yale University BFA – Kansas City Art Institute – Yale University – Oklahoma State University


Mark Lewis was born in Oklahoma City in 1959. He studied painting at Oklahoma State University and received a BFA in painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, in Kansas City, Missouri in 1982. In 1984 he received an MFA in painting at Yale University, in New Haven Connecticut. Mark is currently teaching painting, drawing and collage at The University of Tulsa, in Oklahoma. Mark completed a commission piece titled, “The Tallgrass Prairie,” for the new BOK Arena in 2008, designed by Cesar Pelli, in Tulsa. Mark has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the country. In 2012, Mark had his first solo show of recent collages and paintings at the Bowery Gallery in New York City. In 2016, he became a member of the Bowery Gallery. In October/November of 2017 he had a solo exhibition at 108 Contemporary in Tulsa. His next solo exhibit will be held at the Bowery Gallery in 2020.

Research Interests

A perceptual and a fictional approach to the urban landscape

Teaching Interests

Studio Classes

Courses Taught

  • Senior Seminar
  • Independent Study
  • Painting Studio
  • Drawing I
  • Drawing: Advanced Studio
  • Drawing II
  • Painting I
  • Research and Thesis
  • Painting

Awards & Honors

  • City Commissioned Artist for BOK Center
  • Selected Artist for the Tulsa Public Library Renovation
  • Yale Scholarship
  • Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship
  • 1st Prize
  • Award of Merit for Mixed Media Exhibition
  • Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award
  • Jurors Award
  • Award of Excellence
  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Award of Merit
  • Artist of the Year Award
  • Nomination – National Academy
  • Living Arts Jurors Award
  • Contemporaries Delta Award
  • Grand Award
  • Honorable Mention