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Breeden Scholar and MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe to Speak at Rosa Parks Museum

Breeden Scholar and MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe to Speak at Rosa Parks Museum

On Wednesday, March 18, the public is invited to a talk by artist Rick Lowe. “Socially and Community Engaged Art: The Genuine and the Artificial,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Rosa Parks Museum.  The free program will be followed by a reception.

Rick Lowe, a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, 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.

Lowe shifted the focus of his artistic practice in the early 1990s to pursue what he refers to as "social sculpture" to more directly address the social, economic and cultural needs of his community. Lowe organized a coalition of fellow artists to purchase and restore 22 shotgun houses built in the 1930s in Houston's Third Ward, one of the city's oldest African-American neighborhoods. The mission of Project Row Houses is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture.  Central to the vision of Project Row Houses is the social role of art as seen in neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, community service and youth education.

In January, Lowe returned to his native Alabama to begin a residency at Auburn University as the 2015 Breeden Eminent Scholar Chair. The Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Chair was created in 1989 to provide support for both academic and outreach missions  of the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and is awarded to a nationally recognized scholar with outstanding credentials in the arts or humanities. The chair is supported by an endowment from Dr. Daniel F. Breeden.

The program is sponsored by the Rosa Parks Museum and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.  

Last Updated: March 18, 2015