About the NEA

Rick Lowe

Houston, TX

Rick Lowe is founder of this neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization in the Northern Third Ward, one of the oldest African-American communities in Houston, Texas. He has participated in national and international community art exhibitions and programs since 1995. In 2012, Lowe was an artist-in-residence at the Community Innovators Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, Sweden. He was a master artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2011; a visiting artist at the Otis College of Art in Los Angeles, California, in 2010; and a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 2001 to 2002. Lowe serves as a board member of the Menil Foundation. He received the Creative Time’s Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art & Social Justice in 2010, the United States Artists Fellowship in Design in 2009, and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities in 2002.