About the Artist
Evan Lewis has been producing and exhibiting his outdoor kinetic wind sculpture since 1984. In 1988 he was commissioned to make a wind/sound sculpture for Expo 88 in Australia. In 1992 Lewis designed and built a sculptural weather vane and fountain for a waste water treatment plant in Phoenix, AZ. Lewis has won a number of awards including the best of show award in the Seventh Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, for his piece, Sound Asylum.
One of his early commissions was a 30’ high stainless steel piece for a public location in Denver, Colorado entitled Cielo y Tierra. In 1995 Lewis was commissioned to produce sculpture prominently featured in the Warner Brothers production "Twister". Four years later he completed and installed a 40’ high site-specific sculpture for campus of the Northern Illinois University in De Kalb commissioned by the Capital Development Board of Illinois. In 2003 Lewis installed a large sculpture dome for the Souther Illinois University at Edwardsville. A year later he was selected from 117 finalists to create a kinetic piece for downtown East Lansing in Michigan.
In 2006 Evan Lewis completed a monumental kinetic sculpture entitled Atmosanctum installed at the Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga, Tennesee. Lewis was also awarded a prestigious commission, that was installed in 2008, to create seven sculptures for the McCormick Center in Chicago.
Two years later he installed an exterior-interior kinetic sculpture at the campus of the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. This was his third commission sponsored by the Capital Development Board of Illinois.
In 2011 Lewis completed a major public commission for the City of Toledo, Ohio. He was selected from a large pool of artists to create a kinetic sculpture for the new Tribute Park that commemorates the creation of the Maumee River Crossing Bridge and all persons who participated in its creation. A year later Lewis installed a sculpture commissioned by the Village of Skokie in Illinois.
Evan Lewis installed his most ambitious public commission in 2014. The monumental sculpture pavilion entitled Meander was commissioned by Urban Arts Comission for the newly revitalized riverfront downtown Memphis, Tennessee.
Evan Lewis grew up mostly in Santa Barbara, California. He received his BFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989 and has been living and working in Chicago ever since.
His sculpture oeuvre can be viewed at www.evanlewissculpture.com