Kenneth Lewis Sr.

Multidisciplinary artist

Winter 2024

The Arts Council of Princeton is proud to announce Ewing-based artist Kenneth Lewis Sr. as our Winter 2024 Artist-in-Residence.

Lewis is primarily a painter and simultaneously works on many different subject series. Currently, his interests include the Harlem Renaissance, abstracts, landscapes, and portraits — his studio is full of hundreds of paintings.

While Lewis is a prolific painter, he also works in mixed media, painting on doors, tarps, fabric, canvas, walls and found objects. Lewis worked as a house painter and property manager for many years before becoming a self-taught artist at the age of 47 and has since generated thousands of paintings. Lewis hosts public painting sessions in his Ewing studio, curates art shows at his local Starbucks, and offers Trenton area children free art making sessions, serving as a tremendous opportunity to give back to his community. 

One of Lewis’ specialty interests is leading puppet workshops, drawing hundreds of students of all ages into his magical orbit. This January and February, Lewis will be leading four workshops on all the aspects of creating a puppet show at the Arts Council. The workshops will include scriptwriting, backdrop design, puppet construction — all the essentials to the success of a full puppet production.

In the first workshop, participants will be introduced to several methods of handmade puppets and begin to create a backdrop that will fill a puppet booth constructed by Lewis.

The following three workshops will be dedicated to puppet creating, script writing and working toward a final presentation. 

Don’t miss your chance to work with such an energetic and talented artist! Students under the age of 14 must register with an adult. Program recommended for ages 7+.

Saturday Workshop dates:
(9:30am-12pm. Must be available for all sessions)

  • January 13
  • January 20
  • February 3
  • February 10

Dress rehearsal:

  • February 17

Final performance:

  • February 18

This project would not be possible without the support of Timothy M. Andrews, longtime supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton, who has generously underwritten the Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence program.