EXHIBITION - Hillstrom Museum
November 22, 2021- January 28, 2022
EXHIBITION - The Watkins Gallery, Winona State University
November 9, 2020 - December 4, 2020
EXHIBITION - Form + Content Gallery
August 20, 2020 - September 26, 2020
2019 Award of Excellence from juror Roger Boulay at Carnegie Center for the Arts, Mankato MN
Kristen Lowe's piece contains an astonishing command of charcoal. The work has spontaneity and surprises, yet other passages of patient, deliberate mark-making. There have been several articles written about the artist Anish Kapoor acquiring the exclusive rights to Vantablack, apparently, the darkest substance known. I wonder if Kapoor would reevaluate after seeing the fish in Lowe's drawing, rendered impossibly black by both the artist's masterful application of charcoal to paper as well as the impending doom of the fish's fate.
2018 Award of Excellence from juror, Chad Rutter at Carnegie Center for the Arts, Mankato MN
This was one of the first pieces that caught my eye in the crowd of work when I first entered the gallery. It is bold and rich as you would expect a charcoal drawing to be, but cleanly articulated with a range of mark making that never feels disparate. As for subject, where much wildlife art is a faithful rendering of a frozen moment, this is a piece that acknowledges the experience of kinetic action. We do not just admire the form of the bird; we hear the sound of impact and feel the spray of water.
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 7th 2015
City Pages A List - May 8th 2015
Southwest Metro Magazine - Sept 2014
Minneapolis St Tribune feature - December 6th 2013
Public Television - Minnesota Original - September 15th 2012
Hillstrom Museum Exhibition - Sep 12-Nov 6 2011