Truman Lowe (1944 - 2019)

Birth date: 1/19/1944 Death date: 3/30/2019  
Birth location: Black River Falls, Wisconsin Death location: Madison, Wisconsin  
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Truman Lowe
1944, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

A professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former Curator of Contemporary Art for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, Truman Lowe is regarded as "the preeminent native sculptor of his generation" for his unique innovations as a contemporary sculptor.

Born in 1944 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin,  a predominantly Ho Chunk community, Lowe learned traditional crafts from his parents, such as split-plait basketry; his abstract sculpture, through the use of natural materials and traditions and the exploration of Native themes, reflects  his childhood engagement with the natural world. While his sculpture draws heavily from his Native American upbringing, it also draws on his formal education. Lowe earned a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1969, and went on to earn a M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973.

Lowe has exhibited at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Throughout his career, Lowe has also received numerous awards and honors, and one of his sculptures was included in an exhibit at the White House in 1998.

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