Contact Information

Academic School

School of Communication and the Arts


Steel Plant 126



(845) 575-3000 ext. 2309


Richard Lewis

Chair, Department of Art and Digital Media/Academic Coordinator of Art Programs and Director, MA in Museum Studies, Florence Campus


Professor Lewis joined the Marist faculty in 1984 and has taught a wide range of courses in studio art, art history, and digital media. In 2019, he was elected Department Chair after previously serving in that role from 1995 to 1997 and 2001 to 2010. From 1997 to 2000, he was the College’s Dean of Academic Programs/Asst. Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has a strong belief in the importance of international education and was part of the team that established the College's campus in Florence, Italy. Currently, he is the Academic Coordinator for Marist College's programs in Italy and Graduate Director for the MA in Museum Studies in Florence.

His recent teaching focuses on courses in Digital Media, particularly digital painting and animation. In addition, beginning in 2006, he has organized short term abroad courses to Italy, France, Netherlands, England, Greece, Turkey, and Japan and taught in the Departments' Venice Biennale program beginning with its inception in 2009.

Along with his wife Susan, he is the author of "The Power of Art", an art appreciation text published by Cengage, which has been used in more than 350 colleges and universities. The revised third edition was released in January 2018.

He also has written a new textbook with his colleague James Luciana, "Digital Media Foundations: A Hands-on Guide for Artists and Designers," published in 2020 by Routledge/Focal Press.  They previously collaborated on "Digital Media: An Introduction", published by Prentice-Hall in 2005.


MFA in Painting, University of Michigan
BFA in Visual Arts, SUNY College at Purchase

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Combining digital media with traditional media; animation and its history

Selected Publications

"Digital Media Foundations: A Hands-on Guide for Artists and Designers" with James Luciana (Routledge/Focal Press, 2020)

"The Power of Art," revised third edition, with Susan I. Lewis, an introduction to art (Cengage, 2018) 

"The Power of Art," second edition, with Susan I. Lewis (Wadsworth, 2009)

"Digital Media: An Introduction", with James Luciana (Prentice-Hall, 2005)

"The Power of Art," first edition, with Susan I. Lewis, (Harcourt Brace, 1994)

Creative Work

Short term travel abroad courses:
Romantic Visions: France and England (2016)

Visions of Japan (2008, 2010, 2015, 2019)

Van Gogh's Journey: Paris, Provence, and Amsterdam (2013, 2020)

Epic Voyages: Greece, Turkey, and Italy (2012)

Modern Visions: London, Paris, and New York (2009)

Visions of Italy (2006, 2007)

Venice Biennale (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

Future Former, Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan, 2018

Gotham Hall, NYC, 2016

Faculty Exhibitions, Marist College Gallery, 2001 - 2019

Food, Ulster County Community College, 2009

Analog/Digital, Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY, 2003

Digital Art 2002, Kentucky State University, 2002