Lyssa Lovejoy is a mid-career, full-time artist who works in many mediums in visual arts, primarily painting and drawing. She exhibits her arts in various venues and galleries all over the United States, teaches classes and workshops, and takes limited, specialized commissions.
Lyssa learned her craft at the feet of her father, a well-known, self-taught, black American artist, Jimmy Lovejoy. In addition to her father, Lyssa studied with and is influenced by various well-established artists, including Deanna Persson, who is known for abstract art; Joanne Bird, who is a multicultural, Native American artist; Arthur Wright, known for collage; and Candace Hunter, a mixed media artist and activist.
Lyssa’s work tells a story through layered meaning and purposeful details; her subjects are often people from various communities. Her goal is to create pieces that not only look beautiful but also communicate important messages that can help start or continue conversations about life circumstance.
She uses her art to foster resilience in people and help them to understand their own stories. Lyssa has trained with Pathways in Minneapolis, which has been a catalyst to deepen her experience using the arts to heal. She runs programming in county correctional facilities, organizations that provide trauma support, and schools. Lyssa works out of her studio in Evansville, Minnesota.
Opening: August 5, 2023, 3-5 p.m.
Exhibit Dates: August 5 - August 31