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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

  • Under the InfluenceMuseum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
  • Under the InfluencePhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mocha DickVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
  • VoyeurFleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mocha DickThe John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
  • Mocha DickWilliams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
  • Under the InfluenceRhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI
  • Mocha Dick in the Invisible WorldFleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia PA
  • Mocha DickFabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia PA
  • New WorkFleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
  • fee fi fo fumFounders Hall, Girard College, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mad Hatter's Tea PartyRosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, PA
  • Alice in WeeNew Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Challenge 4Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
  • September (Sleepy Hollow)Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

Group Shows

  • Seeing is Knowing: The UniverseCarleton College, Northfield, MN
  • Close At Hand: Philadelphia Artists from the Permanent CollectionFabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Visual ArtistsAcademy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
  • Unraveling Tradition516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
  • Heaven on EarthLittle Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
  • Castle in ContextFleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia PA 
  • One Gray Grass in the BallfieldVox Populi, Philadelphia PA
  • Operation RAWThe Ice Box, Philadelphia
  • a long green hourMorris Arboretum (University of Pennsylvania), Lure Projects
  • Very Early PicturesArcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
  • The Alumni of 18011801 N. Howard, Philadelphia, PA
  • ErasureVox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
  • Material WorldMuseum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
  • Pete and RepeatD.U.M.B.O. Center for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY
  • Cathartic-Disgust-GestaltProject Room, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum au Centre d'Art Contemporain GenevaCentre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Works on PaperArcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania
  • Death, Death, Death: The Death of Blohard (part 2 of 2)Blohard Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • New Voices/ New VisionsUniversity Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego
  • Open House922 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA
  • Twenty Philadelphia Artists: Celebrating Fleisher Challenge at TwentyPhiladelphia Museum of Art
  • 20 x 12: A Generation of Challenging ArtistsSamuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
  • Objects and Souveniers: Artist's MultiplesRosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • You talkin' to Me?Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • SpecimensArt in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
  • Toys and IncenseLevy Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA