The Artist, The Activist,

TOM LEWIS
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WHO IS TOM LEWIS?

TOM LEWIS...

was an artist and peace activist, primarily noted for his part in the Baltimore Four and the Catonsville Nine. Lewis was active in the Civil Rights Movement as a member of CORE and had close ties to the Catholic Worker Movement. He was a member of the Prince of Peace Plowshares, and was arrested many times over the years for his antiwar activism.

Lewis was a well-known artist throughout the Worcester area, and many of his pieces still survive in galleries and archives throughout the USA. He was an art teacher at Anna Maria College, and he taught printmaking at the Cambridge School of Weston, and Worcester Art Museum.

Lewis was a memorable figure in the “radical Catholic” movement for his fusion of art and activism. Daniel Berrigan described his art as “A poignant and powerful witness to the survival of the endangered conscience…. He heals the ancient split between ethics and imagination.”

 
 

Why was his life so important?

Tom Lewis...

was involved in many fields throughout his life, from his anti-nuclear activism, his lifelong stance against war, his involvement in the Catholic Workers movement and his role as an educator. Tom didn’t just participate in whatever field he was involved in but excelled in it. As a key figure involved in so many parts of history, his story is essential in knowing more about the greater cultural landscape of the arts and anti-war movements. 

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Peace Work

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Catonsville
Nine

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Baltimore
Four

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Protest

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Why is it important this story is told?

Tom Lewis...

Tom Lewis touched many in his lifetime, not only through his unique commitment to art and/as peace work, but the risks he took to frustrate and inhibit the mechanisms of war. His involvement in key anti war actions and his connections to important historical figures and moments make his life story as rich as it is understated. As many of the activists and artists of his day are no longer living, and as younger generations pick up the mantle of values he lived by, we need the heretofore untold story of his life for public record. More than ever, we need to be connected to the anti war movement of yesterday to fight against the proliferation of war today: the stakes are as high as ever. 

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Tom Lewis

A poignant and powerful witness to the survival of the endangered conscience…. He heals the ancient split between ethics and imagination.
Daniel Berrigan
Catholic Priest

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