Artis Lane

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Artis Lane is a Black Canadian sculptor and painter. She is an immigrant from Ontario, Canada, and was born and raised in a community populated by the descendants of slaves who came to Canada on the Underground Railroad.

The St. James Guide to Black Artists describes Artis Lane's sculpture as "primarily concerned with portraying what she sees as enduring spiritual truths. These truths are that the growth of spiritual awareness is continuous and that nobody ever arrives at perfection. In addition, spiritual awareness connects humans with a universal force." [1]

Her commissions include a series of bronze portraits for the Soul Train Awards, a bronze portrait of Rosa Parks for the Smithsonian Institution and designing the original logo for the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has made sculptures of prominent people as former President George H. W. Bush, Bill Cosby, Walter Annenberg, Michael Jordan, Gordon Getty, Nelson Mandela and Henry Kissinger.[2] The Women's Caucus for Art honored Lane as a 2013 recipient of the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.[3]


  • Donahue, Marlena Artis Lane from "St. James Guide to Black Artists" (edited by Thomas Riggs) (Detroit: St. James Press, 1997), p. 313 Accessed on M. Hanks Gallery website 17 Jul 2008.
  • Lewis, Samella, African American Art and Artists (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2003), pp. 216–217
  • Gumbo YaYa: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Women Artists (New York: Mid March Arts Press, 1995)

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