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Tristin Lowe

b. 1966, Boston
Lives and works in Philadelphia

Tristin Lowe is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice delves into the crude and rude, absurd and abject, pushing low-brow, low-tech methods and materials toward unexpected ends. The artist makes drawings from grease paint and fire, uses edible materials such as butter, chocolate and alcohol to make hilarious and sad installations (beds that wet themselves, pillows that smoke), and handcrafts exquisite reproductions of both animate and inanimate objects (an upended trashcan sewn from felt, a mangy, fake-fur fox, a two-story folding chair). Lowe's wry re-imaginings lead the viewer down a path littered with chaos, comedy, and failure.

Tristin Lowe received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and studied at Parsons School of Design and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The artist has exhibited widely at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; University of California, San Diego; Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown; Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Switzerland. He has been awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Pew Fellowship,Provincetown Fine Art Work Center Fellowship,
The Fabric Workshop and Museum Residency, and Girard College Residency. He was co-founder and co-director of the non-profit gallery Blohard. Lowe’s work is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum
of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and The West Collection, as well as numerous private collections.

1984–86 Parsons School of Design, New York City
1987–90 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston

Awards and Residencies
2012 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship
2011 The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Artist in Residence, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2003-04 Artist in Residence, Girard College, Philadelphia, PA
2001 Louis Fernley Award
1998 Artist in Residence, Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA
1998 Artist in Residence, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
1994-95 Pew Fellowship in the Arts (sculpture)
1990-01 Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1989 Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

Public Collections
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The West Collection
Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper

Solo Shows

  • Exile Sun, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mocha Dick, West Collection, Oaks, PA
  • Under the Influence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
  • Under the Influence, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mocha Dick, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
  • Voyeur, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mocha Dick, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
  • Mocha Dick, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
  • Under the Influence, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI
  • Mocha Dick in the Invisible World, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia PA
  • Mocha Dick, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia PA
  • New Work, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • , Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
  • fee fi fo fum, Founders Hall, Girard College, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, PA
  • Alice in Wee, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Challenge 4, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
  • September (Sleepy Hollow), Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

Group Shows

  • We Pain, LUMP, Raleigh, NC 
  • New Wine New Bottle, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA 
  • We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, UT
  • Seeing is Knowing: The Universe, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
  • Close At Hand: Philadelphia Artists from the Permanent Collection, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Visual Artists, Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
  • Unraveling Tradition, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
  • Heaven on Earth, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
  • Castle in Context, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia PA 
  • One Gray Grass in the Ballfield, Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA
  • Operation RAW, The Ice Box, Philadelphia
  • a long green hour, Morris Arboretum (University of Pennsylvania), Lure Projects
  • Very Early Pictures, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
  • The Alumni of 1801, 1801 N. Howard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Erasure, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
  • Material World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
  • Pete and Repeat, D.U.M.B.O. Center for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY
  • Cathartic-Disgust-Gestalt, Project Room, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum au Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneva, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Works on Paper, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania
  • Death, Death, Death: The Death of Blohard (part 2 of 2), Blohard Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • New Voices/ New Visions, University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego
  • Open House, 922 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA
  • Twenty Philadelphia Artists: Celebrating Fleisher Challenge at Twenty, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 20 x 12: A Generation of Challenging Artists, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
  • Objects and Souveniers: Artist's Multiples, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • You talkin' to Me?, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Specimens, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
  • Toys and Incense, Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA