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Joseph Lewis III

Director and Dean – Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine

OC METRO's Hot 25 for 2011Published: November 01, 2011

Status: Married with two children, an adult daughter and a 7-year-old son who carries on the tradition: Joseph Lewis IV
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Hot Factor: Dean Lewis is at the helm of the new state-of-the-art Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, an institution that is now a major academic force in art technology.

It’s a big year for the arts at UC Irvine. This fall it opened its new Contemporary Arts Center, which Dean Joe Lewis believes will make it a major academic force in art technology.
   
“We have the same kind of technology now that was used in creating the movie ‘Avatar,’” Lewis says. “It’s been a long time coming, but this is exciting for all of us.” The center includes a 4,000-square-foot gallery and musical theater rehearsal space.
   
Dean Lewis has only been at UCI for a year and a half, but he has spent his life in the arts business. His grandfather and father were entertainers.
   
Lewis had been dean of art design at Cal State Northridge when he moved his family east to take care of his ailing father. After his father passed on, Lewis had a yearning to return to California when the UCI job opened up.
   
“It’s exciting to come to a school where there is so much support for the arts,” Lewis says.
   
But there are also challenges. Lewis says he realized soon after arriving that much of O.C. was unaware that UCI even had a thriving arts program. “Much of what I have done has been to get out into the community, to spread the word about what we’re doing,” he says.

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