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Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis is a Professor Emeritus of Art at Auburn University in Alabama, where he has taught studio courses in painting, drawing and design for thirty years. His award-winning encaustic (wax based) paintings and silverpoint drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including one-person exhibitions at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Alabama, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, Alabama, Houghton College, Houghton, New York, The American School / TASIS, Surrey, England, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and the Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, Mississippi, among others. He is the recipient of the Alden Bryan Prize for Painting at the183rd Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, New York, New York. Professor Lewis has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D. C., and the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland. His teaching experience includes positions at Dartmouth College and Cornell University as well as guest lecturing and instructing at American University, Mississippi State University, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, The University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, and workshops at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina among others. Lewis's encaustic paintings and silverpoint drawings hang in public, corporate and private collections in Great Britain, Italy, Scandinavia and the United States.

Jiha Moon

Jiha Moon (b. 1973) is from DaeGu, Korea and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her works have been acquired by Asia Society, New York, NY, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. She has had solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, GA, Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA, the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, The Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN and Rhodes College, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, TN and James Gallery of CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY. She has been included in group shows at Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MI, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, Asia Society, New York, NY, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, White Columns, New York, NY, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC. She is recipient of prestigious Joan Mitchell foundation's painter and sculptor's award for 2011. Her mid-career survey exhibition, "Double Welcome: Most everyone's mad here" organized by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Taubman Museum is touring more than 10 museum venues around the country until 2018.

Moon gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. She says "I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds." She is taking cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify, yet stay in a familiar zone. Moon is locally represented by Alan Avery Art Company, Atlanta, GA.