Los Angeles, CA — Artis Lane is not one to follow the beaten path, and nowhere is that inclination more obvious than in her art.

In the 1990s when conceptual art pushed aside works with a spiritual message, Lane continued to create pieces that explored man’s “emergence out of the ignorance of material concepts and into spiritual awareness.”

Lane, who studied art in her native Canada as well as at UCLA, has strived to answer deeper questions through her art for most of her career.

One of her most noted works is a commission she received to design the Congressional Medal of Honor given to her friend and civil rights icon Rosa Parks. She also won a national commission to design and create a biographical art tribute to Parks that will be part of the official Rosa Parks Museum and Library in Alabama.

The three-dimensional artist began her career as a portrait painter and has gradually evolved into working in bronze and other mediums. She has exhibited at galleries and other art spaces throughout North America, and has won numerous awards including a commendation from the State of Louisiana for outstanding contributions to the arts.

In 2008, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles bestowed upon Lane the Dream of Los Angeles Award, which is given to individuals who have improved the lives of those living in the City of the Angels.