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Title of work: Robert II

(IN)Visible Men
Paintings by Ricardo André Lewis

(In)Visible Men is a portrait series focused on Black males and the attempt to bring visibility to a social group that has been historically marginalized. Since the birth of this country, Black men have appeared and disappeared from view depending upon the political, economic or entertainment needs of the dominant culture.

Ricardo André Lewis’ art is about challenging the viewer to internalize the interconnectedness between themselves and Black men. In it, he is asking the viewer to pause while attempting to see Black men without a narrative or with judgment; to quiet inner dialogues arrived from how this group has been defined. The men in Lewis' art are presented with limited visual cues that people use to make assumptions and stereotypes. Without these visual cues and backgrounds, the viewer is left with the encounter they are presented, the proximity they allow between themselves and the subjects, and their personal comfort levels arrived from the engagement.

To download the exhibition series card for "(In)visible Men", please click here (pdf).

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 17, 2015
from 5pm to 7pm

Ricardo Lewis will give a talk about his artwork at 5:30pm
Light refreshments will be served.

at Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA
1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign
(Corner of Wright & Chalmers across from Lincoln Hall)

About the Artist:

Ricardo André Lewis is an artist who has worked in higher education administration for 30 years. He received a Bachelor ’s of Arts degree at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina in 1984 and a Master’s of Science degree from Illinois State University in 1987 as well as completing 18 hours post-master’s studies in education administration at Illinois State University. Ricardo worked in university residence halls for more than 15 years in a variety of live-in and central office administrative positions. He also worked two years as director for multicultural affairs and 11 years as Associate Dean of Students.

For more information, please vist the website of Ricardo Lewis at

Murphy Gallery Hours
Mondays-Thursdays from 9am to 9pm
Fridays from 9am to 5pm
Closed on weekends, except in the case of special events. If you would like to schedule a group tour
during the weekend, contact Ann Rasmus at or at 217-337-1500

Murphy Gallery Summer Hours
Mondays-Fridays from 9am to 4pm
(Please note summer hours)

Parking Nearby:
Parking lot on 6th between Daniel & Chalmers - Free after 5pm.
Parking garage on 6th & John - Free after 5pm.
Street parking on Wright, Chalmers, & 6th Streets for 75¢ per hour.
Municipal lot on Green & 5th Streets for $1 per hour.

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