Royal Cambrian Academy

RCA ELECTS FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT

Posted 04.01.21 in the category

RCA ELECTS FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT

Ann Lewis has been elected as Royal Cambrian Academy president, becoming the first woman to take on the role in 138 years.

In a historic vote, printmaker, Ann Lewis was elected 21st president of the RCA by her fellow academicians at the AGM in December 2020. Outgoing president, Jeremy Yates stood down after serving for six years in the role.

With a long career as a respected artist, and having served 4 years as vice-president, Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role.

Taking up the position previously held by notable artists including Augustus John and Kyffin Williams, Ann said: "Being elected a member of the RCA in 1993 was a pivotal moment in my career as an artist. I vividly remember the day and the excitement I felt at being recognised by my peers. It gave me focus and ambition and perhaps more importantly, provided mentoring from established artists.

Now as president - while acknowledging the RCA's significant history - I hope by moving into a digital era that we can reach a broader audience and inspire a new generation of artists to take the same leap of faith I took 28 years ago."