Rick Lowe is an artist whose unconventional approach to community revitalization has transformed the field of contemporary art as a major historical figure in the discourse on public engagement as well as the intersection of art and social practice. In 1993, Lowe transformed a long- neglected neighborhood in Houston into a visionary public art project that continues to evolve, over two decades since its inception. Originally trained as a painter, Lowe focused his artistic practice to address directly the pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of his community. Project Row Houses (PRH) is the paradigm for the amalgam of arts venue and community support center.
Rick Lowe attended Columbus College and studied visual arts at Texas Southern University in Houston and is a MacArthur Fellow. He was an artist-in-residence at the Nasher Sculpture Center and a Mel King Community Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his work has been exhibited at such national and international venues as Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. His other community building projects have included the Arts Plan for the Seattle Public Library, the Borough Project for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Delray Beach Cultural Loop in Florida, among others. His work is collected by the Whitney Museum of Art, the Menil Collection as well as the Flo Foundation.