Towards Social Sculpture: A Conversation with Rick Lowe
Artist and community activist Rick Lowe is the Visual Artist-in-Residence for the Spring 2010
semester at Otis College of Art and Design. Lowe, who founded Project Row Houses - considered the
most impressive and visionary public art project in the country - will work with Otis students to help them
understand artists’ larger roles and potential contribution within a community. Lowe’s nine-week
residency at Otis starts in January with a public lecture titled Towards Social Sculpture: A Conversation
with Rick Lowe.
Rick Lowe founded Project Row Houses in 1993 as a nonprofit arts organization in Houston that believes
art - and the community it creates - can be the foundation for revitalizing depressed inner-city
neighborhoods. In 2006, he spearheaded Transforma Projects in New Orleans to help rebuild the city
after hurricane Katrina. Lowe has participated in exhibitions and programs nationally and internationally
and has received many honors including the 2006 Brandywine Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2002
Heinz Award, and the 2000 American Institute of Architecture Keystone Award.
This artist-in-residence program is made possible by the Nimoy Foundation, which has acknowledged
Otis for its leadership in artist residency programs. The Nimoy Foundation was established in 2003 by
Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy to recognize, encourage and support the work of contemporary
visual artists. To date, the Foundation has granted $2.5 million to a total of 40 organizations nationwide
and underwritten more than 500 artists’ projects.