J Myszka Lewis is a visual artist working primarily in printmaking and fiber arts. Her work prods at the distinctions between what it means “to make” and “to build” and exposes the tension between the industrial and the individual. Addressing conceptions of certainty, familiarity, stability, and labor, she produces images of hard objects using soft materials and crafts text based work in which words and phrases slip and sway.
In addition to her individual studio practice, Lewis is also one third of SPOOKY BOOBS, a feminist collective that uses art, language, and design to visualize the trivialization of women’s experiences. SPOOKY BOOBS produces art installations, performances, social interactions, printed material, and social media campaigns with the mission to halt the perpetuation of sexism in our culture.
Lewis received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010 and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. In 2010, she co-founded The Parachute Project, a mobile arts initiative in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through which she co-curated large exhibitions and art events in abandoned spaces throughout the city in collaboration with local business owners and historians. Lewis is a nationally exhibiting artist and has recently participated in exhibitions at the International Print Center New York in New York City, the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, WI, just to name a few. Lewis has participated in residencies at the Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska. She has been a finalist for a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship and has been published in Studio Visit Magazine and Peripheral Visions Journal. In 2018, she received the Edna Wiechers Art in Wisconsin Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of the Arts. J Myszka Lewis is currently based in Madison, Wisconsin and is a curator at Tandem Press.