Why Choose Opal Art Management?
Constance Lewis was raised in Mississippi and Atlanta. She received a Fine Art degree in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied under noted California photographer Henry Wessel. Constance then moved from San Francisco to France to study photographic conservation. Residing in Paris from 2002-2004, she honed her curatorial skills working with multiple exhibitions and collections including André Kertész (National Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2005). Soon after returning to the United States, Constance moved to Atlanta and founded Opal Gallery, an artist collective that exhibited the work of photographers such as Josephine Sacabo, Bernard Plossu, and Chris Verene. Opal Gallery’s exhibitions notably included Soundtrack to Nothing, where photographs of teenage concertgoers by photographer Christy Bush were paired with music, and Thomas Dozol: I’ll Be Your Mirror, a selection of intimate portraits of the artist’s friends taken in their bathrooms.
In her curatorial work–including exhibitions in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Mississippi–Constance’s passion is to highlight marginalized artists and she has a deep interest in promoting photography within a broader context. Constance’s passion for working with female artists led her to curate Bold (Feminine)–a group exhibition featuring an international coterie of women photographers in 2015. Many of her exhibitions have shone a light on artists outside the mainstream, such as David Johnson–the first African-American student of Ansel Adams–and self-taught Atlanta photographers Oraien Catledge. Constance’s close relationship with the Catledge archive led her to edit Oraien Catledge: Photographs, the first monograph of the Cabbagetown documentary photographer to be published in 25 years. A retrospective of his photography was exhibited in Atlanta, Mississippi, and New York.
In addition to her work in photography, Constance holds a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis on Visual Literacy from Rice University. She currently resides in Houston and New Orleans, where she has launched Opal Art Management, offering advising and curatorial services to artists, collectors, and institutions.
Opal Art Management is the brainchild of Constance Lewis, who has worked in nearly every facet of fine art photography–artist, archivist, gallery owner, and curator–over a distinguished twenty-year career. The relationships Constance’s energy and charisma are contagious, as evidenced by a career of fostering mutually beneficial connections between artists, collectors, and institutions. A natural evolution from her former role as founder and director of a contemporary art gallery, Opal Art Management affords Constance the opportunity to practice her passion: connecting artists with an audience that will meaningfully engage with their work.
Opal Art Management exists at the intersection of art and commerce, providing a wide array of services from lectures and consultations to the management of complex arts projects. Offering artist placement, artist management, and curator services, Constance merges her expertise with an artist or institution’s individual vision in a highly collaborative manner, tailoring her approach to best fit her clients’ needs. Whether you are a prominent artist or collector with a specific set of goals, an institution looking to attract a new following, or a rising talent poised to take the next step, Contance will enthusiastically work with you to achieve your creative vision.