Carolyn Shadid Lewis is a Boston-based multimedia artist and filmmaker. She records oral histories with individuals who have a personal and political story to tell. Her interdisciplinary approach to documentary storytelling often incorporates stop-motion animation, surround sound and video installation. Lewis’ art gains inspiration from her family’s military history, from her Irish and Lebanese ancestry, and from her experiences growing up and working on military bases.

She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, including venues such as the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Ireland, The Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA, and The National Military Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, KS. Her debut film, From Twilight til Dawn, won the award for best documentary at the 2015 Glovebox Short Film and Animation Festival in Boston, MA.

Lewis’ current film-in-progress, titled Seams, is an animated oral history of women from Ireland and Northern Ireland who worked in Britain during the Second World War as factory workers, medical professionals, and soldiers in the British Forces. In the pre-production phase, the film has won the support of the Irish Arts Council, the Cork County Council, and Mass Humanities.

Her awards include a St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award (2012), a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Film/Video (2011), and a Puffin Foundation Artist Award (2010). Lewis holds a B.A. in piano performance and visual art from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. She also received an M.F.A. from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.



Image Courtesy of the Public Records of Northern Ireland