Judith Lowry (artist)

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Judith Lowry
Born 1948
Washington, D.C., United States
Nationality Native American
Education Humboldt State University
Alma mater Chico State University

Judith Lowry (born 1948 in Washington, D.C.) is a Native American artist. She works predominately in acrylics on canvas[1]


Her father is Leonard Lowry, a descendant of the Maidu and Pit River tribes.[2] Her mother, June Shirley Harrison, is Australian. Her parents met during World War II when her father was stationed in her mother's native Sydney, Australia.[3]

Art career[edit]

Lowry has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Humboldt State University, and Masters of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from Chico State University.[4] Lowry's work is influenced by Frank Day, Harry Fonseca, Fra Angelico, Giotto, and Sandro Botticelli.[3] Her works frequently reference themes including consumerism, fashion, relationships, death, and the representation of Native American people in contemporary culture.[5] Lowry frequently works in oil and acrylics creating "larger-than-life" images that favour "allegorical sensibilit[ies]."[6]

“There is one distinction I have to make. I am not a painter.
I paint. I am a storyteller.”[6]

Lowry's studio is in Nevada City.[7] Her work has been exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum, the Wheelwright Museum, the Carl M. Gorman Museum, the Heard Museum, and the George Gustav Heye Center.[4] In 2012, she showed at the Pence Gallery.[8] Her work is in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian and Peabody Essex Museum.[9][10]


  1. ^ https://s3.amazonaws.com/PEM_artscape/pdf/judith_lowry_reference-03.pdf
  2. ^ Native Arts | Judith Lowry Southwest Art Magazine | Southwest Art Magazine
  3. ^ a b "Full Disclosure: Autobiographical paintings continue a storytelling tradition". PEM Connections. November–December 2008.
  4. ^ a b Evans, Lara. "Judith Lowry". Institute of America Indian Art. 
  5. ^ Lowry, Judith; Lippard, Lucy R.; Harlan, Theresa. Illuminations: Paintings by Judith Lowry. Santa Fe: Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian date = 1999. p. 9. 
  6. ^ a b "Judith Lowry". Images of Identity. University Library Gallery, at CSU Sacramento. 2004. 
  7. ^ Nevada City artist
  8. ^ Victoria Dalkey: Judith Lowry's show at Pence Gallery depicts aspects of Native California - Theater - The Sacramento Bee
  9. ^ "Collections Search". National Museum of the American Indian. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "My Aunt Viola". Native American Art. Peabody Essex Museum. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bigfeather, Joanna (2004). Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture. Ann Arbor: Arttrain USA. OCLC 54969559. 
  • Lowry, Judith; Lippard, Lucy R.; Harlan, Theresa. Illuminations: Paintings by Judith Lowry. Santa Fe: Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian date = 1999. 
  • Ortel, Jo (Spring 2005). "Exhibition Review of Continuum: 12 Artists at the George Gustav Heye Center, Part 2". American Indian Art Magazine 30 (2): 63–64. 
  • Russell, Karen K. (2011). Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art. New Haven: Yale University Press.