Rick Lowe is an artist who resides in Houston, Texas. His formal training is in the visual arts. Over the past twenty years he has worked both inside and outside of art world institutions by participating in exhibitions, and developing community based art projects.
Rick has participated in exhibitions and programs nationally and internationally. From 1993 to the present, he has exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary arts Museum, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York, Kwangji Bienale, Kwangji, Korea, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan, Zora Neale Hurston Museum, Eatonville, Florida, Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Anyang Public Art Program 2010.
In 1993, Rick founded Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged neighborhood in Houston, Texas. In 2006, he spearheaded Transforma Projects in New Orleans, a collaborative effort to engage artists and creativity in the rebuilding of the City after hurricane Katrina.
Rick has worked as guest artist on a number of community projects nationally. From 2001-2002, he worked in collaboration with arts consultant Jessica Cusick on the Arts Plan for Rem Koolhaus designed Seattle Public Library. Rick worked with California based artists Suzanne Lacy and curator Mary Jane Jacobs on the Borough Project for Spoleto Festival 2003, in Charleston, SC and was lead artist on the Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Delray Beach, Florida. In 2005, he worked with the British architect, David Adjaye, on a project for the Seattle Art Museum in their new Olympic Sculpture Park. 2008-09 Rick worked with Wendy Ewald and students at Amherst College to develop the Exchange/Value project. In 2010, Rick developed “Small Business/Big Change” for the Anyang Public Art Program, in Anyang, Korea.
He has received many honors. In 1997, Rick and Project Row Houses were awarded a silver medal by the Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence. Rick was on the faculty of Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan, Maine in 1998. He was the year 2000 recipient of the American Institute of Architecture Keystone Award. In 2002, he was awarded by Theresa Heinz the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities. Rick was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University from September 2001-June 2002. He received the 2005 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Governors Award. In 2006, Rick received the Brandywine Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009, Rick received the Skandalaris Award for Art and Architecture and a United States Artists Fellowship in Design. In 2010, he received the Creative Time Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.
Rick has served in the Houston community as a member of SHAPE Community Center, the Municipal Arts Commission, Houston, board member of the Greater Houston Visitors and Conventions. He is a board member of the Menil Foundation. He has served as a board member of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Governor of Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture, and on boards of a host of other organizations.
Rick has served as artist-in-residence at universities throughout the United States, and has lecture internationally. He was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 2001-2002. From 2005-2006, he was an Osher Fellow at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. In 2007, he became an Innovator Fellow with the Japan Society. In 2011, Rick is the visual arts “master artist” at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Syrmna Beach, Florida.