Breaking the Marble Ceiling: A Comic About Edmonia Lewis

An Overview

This comic is part of a series Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists that illuminates the stories of ten women artists in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Inspired by graphic novels, these short takes on artists’ lives were each drawn by a woman student-illustrator from the Ringling College of Art and Design.

The daughter of a Haitian father and an Ojibwe mother, ​​​Edmonia Lewis overcame many obstacles before finding success as a sculptor in Rome, where her fame brought countless visitors to her studio.