Oral Histories

Interview of Samella Lewis

African American artist. Founder of the International Review of African American Art and the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles.
African-American Artists of Los Angeles: Samella Lewis
African American Artists of Los Angeles
African American History
Mason, Karen Anne
Lewis, Samella
Persons Present:
Lewis and Mason.
Place Conducted:
Lewis's home in Los Angeles, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Karen Anne Mason; B.A., English, Simmons College; M.A., Art History, UCLA.
Processing of Interview:
Lisa Magee, editorial assistant, edited the interview. She checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed. Lewis reviewed the transcript. She verified proper names and made extensive corrections and additions. Alex Cline, editor, prepared the table of contents and interview history. Rebecca Stone, editorial assistant, assembled the biographical summary. Kathleen, McAlister, editorial assistant, compiled the index.
2.25 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series document significant African American Artists and others in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who have worked to expand exhibition opportunities and public support for African American visual culture. The series was made possible in part by support from the UCLA Center for African American Studies, Institute of American Cultures.