"Bio: Kristen Lowe"

The common thread in studio artist and filmmaker Kristen Lowe’s work is her interest in natural spaces and the presence of a variety of inhabitants. Large-scale rich charcoal drawings express the spiritual and potential psychological power of grazing sheep. She has also created images of eagle’s nests by layering charcoal, natural grasses, collected field materials as well as authentic postage stamps dating back to the start of the 20th century. Lowe explores American mythology through two iconic images; America’s national bird and historical events as documented through the United States mail service.

Lowe's drawings have been exhibited nationally, including solo shows at Bradford Gallery in San Francisco, Harvard University and Kingston Gallery in Boston, and in Minneapolis at Thompson Gallery and Flanders Contemporary Art. Group exhibitions include film screenings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, and The Boston Museum School. Her work is in private and public collections, including the Louvre Museum, Paris, where videos she co-directed are in their visual education permanent collection. Lowe has been the recipient of grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, professional faculty development grants, served several schools and Universities as an art juror, and has been a conference speaker on best practice theories in the fine arts. She currently teaches Contemporary Art, Seminar courses and Drawing courses at Gustavus Adolphus College. Previous to this she taught for thirteen years at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and briefly at St Olaf College and a few others. She earned a MFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University, Boston, MA and a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and design.

A recent film project, Painting the Place Between is a feature length documentary about four contemporary abstract painters as they confront layers of conflict while taking their inspiration to paint the Midwest landscape.

Lowe’s drawings and film work has been included in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Paris. Her work is in private and public collections, including the Louvre Museum, Paris, where a video she co-directed is in their visual education collection.