tim lowly






Chicago-based artist, curator, musician and teacher Tim Lowly was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1958. As the son of medical missionaries (his father was a hospital administrator), he spent most of his youth in South Korea. He attended Calvin College and received a BFA degree in 1981. In 1981 he married Sherrie Rubingh. Their daughter Temma was born in 1985. She is profoundly disabled (cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia) and has been the central subject of Lowly’s work. Since 1994 Tim has been affiliated with North Park University in Chicago as gallery director, professor, and artist-in-residence.

Tim Lowly is represented by Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Seattle.





curatorial projects


.SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (* indicates one person exhibition)



La Mer | La Mère (The Mother | The Sea), a Lowly exhibition with 20 participants / collaborators
                        at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. (September 6 – 30,  2016)
                        and at St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN (October 10 – November 12, 2016)           

Poetry of Content: Five Contemporary Representational Artists, The Kalamazoo Institute of Art, November 5, 2016 - February 19, 2017)           

Palette Paintings, The Lodge Gallery, New York (October 2016)           

Chicago Paints, At Ohio University In Athens, OH



Return of the Exquisite Corpse, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL           

* re. Rainbow Girl, NorthEastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Poetry of Content: Five Contemporary Representational Artists, curated by Jerome Witkin and David Prince, The Syracuse University Art Galleries          

American Perceptual Painters,  The Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD

50/50 Alumni Exhibition, Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI           

Artists from Koplin Del Rio, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA



[DIS]Comfort Zones, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids,  MI

Dear Protagonist, (two-person exhibition), Hammond Art Center, Hammond, IN

Black and White – a faculty exhibition, Brandel Library, North Park University, Chicago, IL



* Trying to Get a Sense of Scale, The Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD.

* A Personal Matter, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO

Wunderkammer: Minatures and Curiosities, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

An Hommage to Guy Chase, Greenville College, Greenville, IL

Odd Referents - an art faculty exhibition, North Park University, Chicago, IL



Face Forward: The Art of the Self-Portrait, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL

ArtPrize – Cathedral Square (venue), Grand Rapids, MI

Between Truth and Fiction: Pictorial Narratives, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Nature and Spirt, The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

Motherland (faculty exhibition), North Park University, Chicago, IL



* Without Moving Tondos, Olivet-Nazarene University, IL

* Without Moving Tondos, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

ARTE + FE, Fundacion Pons, Madrid, Spain

A Testimony to Being, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL



Inaugural Exhibition, Prographica, Seattle, WA *

* Without Moving (25), Fill-in-the-Blank Gallery, Chicago, IL

Animal Farm, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

Between Realities, Principle Gallery, Philiadelphia, PN



* Without Moving, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

On Paper, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY

Newberry Place Project, Grand Rapids, MI

UpScaled/DownSized, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Drawings VIII: West Coast Drawings, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

CIVA Juried Exhibition, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN.



* From Life, MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA

Gaze: Vision, Desire, and Difference, The Frye Museum of Art, Seattle, WA

Not Without Form, University of Nevada, Los Vegas

* Family, The 930 Art Center, Louisville, KY

The Figure Revealed: Contemporary American Figurative Paintings and Drawings, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI

* rise up children, sing a glorious future, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



About Face: Portraiture Now, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

* Culture of Adoration, North Park University, Chicago IL



*Conversation, Union University, Jackson, TN

Reality Effect, Santa Ana College, CA

Trans/figure, Gwend Jay Addington Gallery, Chicago,

Spirit and Psyche: The Figure Transformed, The Art Center Highland Park, IL

Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and New York



The Art of the Bookplate, Printworks Gallery, Chicago (included Tim's reduction woodcut Chonju Cemetery, an hommage to the late filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky)

* At Arm's Length, Bethel University in St. Paul, MN

Re-presenting Representation, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

Broken Beauty, Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna, CA

Portraits of Life (with Riva Lehrer and Leo Neufeld), Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, IN

Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA



* Koplin Del Rio, Los Angeles, California

* gescheidle, Chicago, Illinois

* Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, Illinois

Art Chicago, Koplin Del Rio Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts (three-person), Michigan

San Francisco International Art Exposition, Koplin Del Rio Gallery

Realism Today, Columbus State University, Georgia



Art Chicago, gescheidle

*College of Lake County



*gescheidle, Chicago. (installation view)

*Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

Marywood University, Scranton, PA

Clarke College, Dubuque, IA

Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles: Drawings VI (group drawing exhibition)

The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing (group exhibition), Frye Art Museum, Seattle.

Drawing Salon (group drawing exhibition) Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

Harboring Beauty (group exhibition), Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago (also at Art Chicago, Navy Pier)

*Judson College, Elgin, IL



*Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN (installation view)

*Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL

Venus (group exhibition) Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago

National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK.

*Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL,.

*Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights.



Lyonswier Packer Gallery, Chicago

Printworks Gallery, Chicago: Self-Portraits 2000 (group exhibition)

* Gordon College, Wenham, MA,

Adair Margo Art Gallery, El Paso, Texas, Group Exhibition

Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, Group Exhibition

Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles: Drawings V (group drawing exhibition)

Lyonswier Packer Gallery, Group Exhibition

* Greenville College, Greenville, IL.


* Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.

Euro Galleries, Minneapolis, MN.

* Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL.

* Snite Art Museum, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN.

Esther Claypool Gallery, Seattle, WA.



* Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX.

Portraits, Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, IL.

* Marywood University, Scranton, PA

* Gallery Arcadia, Grand Rapids, MI

* Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Annual Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.

Parallel Visions, Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.



* Lyons-Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL

Searching for the Spiritual, Hope College, Holland, MI

* Art Space Seoul, Seoul, South Korea

Through a Glass Dimly, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX



* Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI.

* Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, Lynchburg, VA.



* Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI.

* Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI.

Arts in Healing, The Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, OH.

* Condeso Lawler Gallery, New York, NY.

* Isis Gallery, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN.

Spiritual Inquiries, Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL.


* Asbury College, Wilmore, KY.

Veiled Images, S.F. Austin University, Nacodoches, TX (traveling exhibition)

Body and Soul: Contemporary Art and Healing, Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA



View from the Bed: A Personal Look at Illness and Disability, Museum of Science, Chicago, IL.

* Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI.

* Millikin University, Decatur, IL.

* Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL.



* North Park College, Chicago, IL.

* Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

* Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

Self-portraits, Midtown Payson Gallery, New York, NY.



* Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL.

* Saint Francis College, Fort Wayne, IN.



*The Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI.

THE CHICAGO SHOW, Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.



* Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago, IL.

FESTIVAL ARTS , Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI.

WEST-MICHIGAN REGIONAL, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI.



* Mott Community College, Flint, MI.

THE 1980'S: A NEW GENERATION, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.



MID-MICHIGAN EXHIBITION, Midland Center for the Arts, MI.

Contemporary Art Workshop (two-person), Chicago, IL.



THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER BIENNIAL, Cincinnati, OH (traveling exhibition).



* Arts Center, Chonju, South Korea.


SELECTED REFERENCES (*Indicates work is reproduced)

Click on highlighted selections for texts

Cherith Lundin, At Arms Length (brochure essay), Bethel University, MN, 2005. *

Prescott, Theodore L. (editor), A Broken Beauty, Eerdmans Publishing, 2005. (William Swetcharnik review in American Arts Quarterly*)

Lauren Viera, The Chicago Tribune, November 19, 2004.*

Fred Camper, The Reader (Chicago), November 22, 2002, January 14, 2000* & August 14, 1997.*

Alan Artner, The Chicago Tribune, November 22, 2002*, December 23, 1999*, May 27, 1999*, August 14, 1997*, & October 6, 1989

Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News-Press, Spetember 12, 2002.*

Karen Halvorsen-Schreck, exhibition brochure, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, 2002.*

P. Carter Newton, The Galena Gazette, April 3, 2002. *

John Brunetti, exhibition brochure, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL. 2001. *

Nathan Matteson, New City, (Chicago), Vol. 15, No. 648, November, 2000.

Victor Cassidy Artnet.com Magazine "Prairie Smoke" March 23 2000*

Greg Waskowsky, Christianity and the Arts, Summer 1999.*

Ann Wiens, New City (Chicago), May 1999.

Joyce Kubiski, exhibition brochure, The Snite Museum, South Bend, IN, 1999.*

John Brunetti, New Art Examiner, July/August, 1998.*

Conrad Bakker, The Paper (Grand Rapids), October 22, 1998.

Soo-Jin Park, exhibition catalogue, Art Space Seoul, Seoul, Korea, May 1997.*

John Wilson, exhibition catalogue, "Searching for the Spiritual", Hope College, Holland, MI, 1997.*

Roger Green, The Grand Rapids Press, October, 1995.*

Karen Halvorsen-Schreck, Image Magazine, Fall, 1994.*

Nicholas Capasso, exhibition catalogue, "Body and Soul: Contemporary Art and Healing", DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, 1994.*

Bruce Pepich, exhibition brochure, Wustum Museum, Racine, WI, 1993.*

Sylvia Krissoff, The Grand Rapids Press, August 20, 1992.*

Susan Bergman, exhibition catalogue, Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, 1992.*

Lynda Barckert, exhibition catalogue (PDF) , The Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI, 190.*

John Bakker, The Banner, December 18, 1989.*

Lynda Barckert, New Art Examiner, November, 1989, p. 42.

David McCracken, The Chicago Tribune, September 29, 1989.*

Exhibition publication, "The 1980's: A New Generation", The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.*

David Benson, Grand Rapids Magazine, August 1987, p. 13.*

Exhibition catalogue, The Contemporary Arts Center Biennial, Cincinnati, 1986.*

Jeff Thompson, CIVA Newsletter, Summer 1986.*

Martha Huntley, The Korea Times, July 11, 1984.*


Professional Affiliations


North Park University: Gallery director (1994-present) Artist-in-residence and Assistant Professor (1995-present).

Koplin Del Rio (Los Angeles)



2005 Illinois Arts Council, Fellowship in Visual Art.

1995 Illinois Arts Council, Fellowship in Visual Art.

1987 Michigan Council for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant.


Selected Collections


The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK - Imago Dei, 1991 , Study of Temma on Earth, 1999,& Untitled (Kalin), 1997

Columbus State University, Columbus, GA.

Davidson College, Davidson, NC.

Frye Museum, Seattle, WA. Temma on Earth

Grand Vallery State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

The Graham Center Museum, Wheaton, IL.

The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles - Rise (2), 1997

The Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI - Beacon (Bless the Bastard), 1991

The Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI - Heaven's Gate, 1988

The McDonold's Corporate Collection, Oak Brook, IL - Annunciate (They will one day walk on wind), 1986

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY - Communicant, 1987

The Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL - Age of Angels, 1997 and Well, 1992

Millikin University, Decatur, IL.

The Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, WI.

Selected Curatorial Activities

1994-present Director of Exhibitions, Carlson Tower Gallery,
North Park University, Chicago, Illinois.
Group exhibitions curated include:

En Route: She Divided the World into Thirds, 2013 **
En Route: What She Saw, 2012 **
The Artist’s Daughter: A Tribute to George Tooker, 2011
En Route, 2011 **
The Book of Souls, 2010
In Process, 2009
The Dollhouse, 2008 n Place,
Home Installation
, 2001
Shake the Coat: A Midwestern Tribute to Gregory Gillespie,
Quilt, 2000
Building Beauty, 1999
Seen from the Other Side, 1998
Progeny, 1997
Natural Abstraction, 1995
Stations, 1995
Reflexion Y Representacion, 1994
** exhibitions of emerging Chicago artists curated collaboratively with the Senior Seminar class

2005 After the Fact, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL (curator)
2003 Really, gescheidle, Chicago, IL (curator)
2000 Almost Nothing, Dynamite Gallery Project, Grand Rapids, Michigan (curator)
1998 Michigan Artists Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek, Michigan (juror)
1997 Chicago: A Spiritual Landscape, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago (curator)
1998 What We Have Seen, Gallery Arcadia, Grand Rapids, Michigan (curator)
1995 The Art of Healing, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids (juror)
1995 Small Paintings Big Shoulders, Kendall College of Art, Grand Rapids & Trinity Christian College, Chicago (juror)
1993 Within and Without, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (curator)
1988 Flower of the Field.Voice in the Attic, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago (curator)
1989 Object . Icon, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan (curator)









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