Michael Lewis, art professor at UMaine for a half-century, dies at 79

Michael Lewis, a gifted painter and longtime art professor at the University of Maine who taught hundreds of students about drawing, painting and life, has died. He was 79.

He died June 27 following “a long illness,” the university said.

UMaine art instructor Michael Lewis poses for a portrait in 2016 in Lord Hall Gallery, where 20 pieces of his art were displayed. Kevin Bennett photo

Lewis joined UMaine’s art department in 1966 and retired in 2016. He taught painting and drawing courses and offered one-on-one counsel to students. He chaired the art department twice for a total of 12

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