Rick Lowe

A 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Rick Lowe has long been a leader in community art practice and neighborhood development, especially with the success of his project, the Project Row Houses. Located in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods, Project Row Houses was founded with 22 houses on a block-and-a-half and today occupies six blocks that are home to 40 properties, including exhibition and residency spaces for artists, office spaces, a community gallery, a park, low-income residential and commercial spaces, and houses in which young mothers can live for a year and receive support as they work to finish school and get their bearings. By committing to what has been called a “politics of staying,” Lowe has been able to develop Project Row Houses into a wide ranging social service center, a center for ideas, and an influential artist residency program. The organization has developed over the past twenty years to become a site of experimentatio n for new economic models in sustaining social and artistic communities, particularly within the community of socially-engaged art.