Academic journal article Hollins Critic

Lewis Owens Thompson 1924-2002

Academic journal article Hollins Critic

Lewis Owens Thompson 1924-2002

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It is with genuine and genuinely inexpressible regret that I have to inform our readers that this issue is the last to have on its cover a picture of the featured author by our artist, Lewis O. Thompson. From our first issue in February 1964 until his death in Rome, Georgia on March 8, 2002, Lewis was our only artist, never missing a deadline, never doing less than first-rate work. The clarity of his vision and the precision and elegance of its rendering gave the Critic a "look" that was special and indeed inimitable.

Lewis was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1924. After service in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II as radar operator on New Guinea, Morotai, and Luzon, he enrolled in the University of Georgia, where he took his B.A. in 1948 and his MFA in 1950. That same year, he joined the Art Department at Hollins College, where he remained until his retirement in 1988 and where he was known to generations of students and colleagues alike for his candor, probity, and dry wit. He continually challenged those around him to see as sharply and intelligently as he did, which, I assure you, was no mean challenge. He showed his paintings in numerous juried art exhibits, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts honored him with a one-man show in 1978. His retrospective show at Hollins in 1987 also gained wide notice. …

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