Arthur Lewis has been named creative director of UTA Fine Arts and UTA Artist Space, helping to guide represented fine arts artists and oversee the space’s exhibitions, programming and partnerships with the L.A. and national art communities.

Lewis, who was most recently executive vice president of Kohl’s New York Design Office, serves on the boards of UCLA’s Hammer Museum and The Underground Museum, and is a global council member at The Studio Museum of Harlem.

“As a Los Angeleno and a collector, I’ve witnessed first-hand how important it is for artists to have space to experiment as they embark on ambitious career paths,” said Lewis in a statement. “My vision for UTA is to act as a partner to help realize artists’ dreams, and build toward their futures.”

The agency says that Lewis will build on the legacy left by the late Joshua Roth, who established the UTA Fine Arts group and UTA Artist Space in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

“Having someone of Arthur’s stature, vision and taste join UTA will be an invaluable asset for the artists we represent,” said UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer. “There is an amazing cultural collision occurring across society and Artists are on the pulse. Arthur intuitively understands this cultural cross section and recognizes how UTA can be positioned at the center of the conversation-helping bring the strongest voices to light. At the same time, Arthur’s extensive experience developing brands across multiple categories of business allows him to have the commercial perspective that is critical to today’s artists.”