(Cleveland, Ohio, 1941 - 2011, Kent, Ohio)
Craig Lucas was highly influential as an artist and teacher at Kent State University School of Art and through his unwavering commitment to the practice of painting. He received a BFA from Kent State in 1967 and an MA in 1976. He began teaching at Kent in 1969, and, on retiring in 2004, was honored as an Emeritus Professor and with the establishment of a graduate assistantship in his name.
He has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts, an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship and the Visual Arts Award from the Akron Area Arts Alliance. His dedication to the community and to education helped shape the Northeast Ohio cultural atmosphere. Lucas was a valued member of the Akron Art Museum’s accession committee for many years. His artwork has been featured and collected by numerous regional institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Akron Art Museum, and the Canton Art Museum. His work has also been exhibited at galleries and museums nationally and internationally.