Biography

Lev Mills (1938-2021), a native of Tallahassee, Florida, received his B.A. from Florida A&M University; M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Post Graduate certificate from the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College-University of London.  He was a professor at Spelman College, Atlanta.  The dichotomy of Lev Mills’ career in the visual arts has been a synthesis of teaching art and the compelling urgency to continue as a practicing artist.  Mills classified himself as a “constructionist,” and his work  appeared in more than 100 group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, East, West and North Africa.  His work can also be found in major private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the British Museum, London; the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh; The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  Mills published an artistic book of etchings and poems entitled, I Do and many of his works are featured in Art African-American; Black Artists on Art and Afro-American Printmakers; and American Artist Today, Vol. 1. Some of his local commissions included a glass mosaic mural for a MARTA train station; the Atrium floor design for Atlanta’s City Hall Annex; a collaborative mixed-media construction at Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta and a courtyard glass mosaic mural for the Atlanta Board of Education Building.

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