Dr Petra Lewey, born in 1963 in Zwickau, is director of the Zwickau art collections and a member of the executive board of the young art association “Freunde Aktueller Kunst – Sachsen und Thüringen”.
Lewey studied art history, German language and literature, and art pedagogy in Halle and Dresden. Following her doctorate in the art history department of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg on the theme of “Fritz Bleyl – co-founder of the Brücke,” she was appointed research assistant and curator at the Städtische Museen Zwickau (Zwickau municipal museums) in1993. Lewey, who has been director of the art collections at the Städtischen Museen Zwickau since 2003, developed a special concept for exhibiting parts of the collection from the 16th to the 21st century in Kunstmuseum Zwickau, and is responsible for the collection programme and the special exhibitions of contemporary art and Classical Modernism.
Lewey has been a dedicated co-founder and board member of the “Freunde Aktueller Kunst – Sachsen und Thüringen” since 1998. One of the main goals of the Kunstverein is to promote younger contemporary art positions and this strong focus has contributed to making it one of the most innovative institutions in Saxony. Over the past years, with Klaus Fischer as artistic director, numerous projects and exhibitions have been organised, including “Bildwechsel” 2000, an exhibition giving an overview of contemporary painting in Saxony and Thuringia and the video- and performance project "Wer hat Angst vor Roger Whitaker?".
From 1996 to 2006, Petra Lewey was a member of the Beirat Bildende Kunst (advisory board for fine art) at the Saxony State Ministry for Art and Science. Since 2005, she has been on the jury of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (“Kulturstiftung des Bundes”) and the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, and she is also a member of the acquisition committee of the Saxonian art funds Kunstfonds Sachsen.