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James E. Lewis Museum of Art

James E. Lewis Museum of Art

Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center
2201 Argonne Drive
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This museum at Morgan University was founded in 1951. It is home to thousands of works by artists including Picasso, Albers, Sargent, Constable and Dali. As a historically black university, it particularly focuses on African American art. Its collection represents several centuries of art.

Founder James Lewis studied at Philadelphia’s Temple University, and began Morgan’s visual arts department. Lewis encouraged his students to study art firsthand instead of simply from slides. The museum grew from this desire to enhance his students’ education in the arts. During Lewis’s time, he championed artists who would eventually become renowned, including Gordon Parks and Jacob Lawrence.

The museum is currently exhibiting works by faculty member artists including E. L. Briscoe, Joseph Ford, Chris Metzger, and Van Woodson. Its past exhibitions include Most Daring Dream: Robert Houston Photography and the 1968 Poor People Campaign, sculpture by Carlton Levertte, and paintings and drawings by Herbert Gentry.

James E. Lewis Museum of Art Information

  • Public Transportation: Fair (the nearest bus stops are the 3 at Loch Raven Blvd and Argonne Dr. and the 19 at Harford Rd and Argonne Dr., both approximately a 10–15 minute walk)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon–4:00 p.m., closed on Monday
  • Admission: Free
  • Tour: Individual, family and self-guided tours are free.