Rick Lowe & Maria Papadimitriou
Maria Papadimitriou is a Greek contemporary visual artist. After graduating with an honours degree in painting from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), Paris, Papadimitriou began practicing as a visual artist in 1989. She uses the medium of sculpture, painting, installation, public art, video and photography to realise her artworks.
She is known as an artist for her ability to investigate collaborative projects and collective activities that highlight the interconnection between art and social reality. She is professor at the Dept. of Architecture, University of Thessaly, she is the founder of T.A.M.A. (Temporary Autonomous Museum for All) 1998, SOUZY TROS Art Canteen 2012 and in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic she created the Institute of Post Epicurean Garden (iPeg) a Temporary Gathering of Awkward Gardeners (TEGAG) Since 2017 with the american artist Rick Lowe runs the Victoria Square Projects. In 2003 she won the DESTE prize for contemporary Greek art and ιn 2016 she was awarded with the rank of “Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques” by the French government.
Papadimitriou’s work has been shown internationally in private and public institutions, including
Onassis Foundation, Athens ( 2020), Biennale Gherdëina 7, Val Gardena, Dolomites (2020) Merz foundation, Torino (2020-2021) Merz foundation, Torino (2019), The Bass Contemporary Art Museum, Miami, FL (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Skopje , North Macedonia (2018), Cycladic Museum, Athens ( 2017), Onassis foundation New York, (2016), Manege Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, (20016) 56th Venice Biennial, Italy (2015), DESTE foundation, Greece (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille, France.(2012), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2011), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2010-11), The Haifa Mediterranean Biennale, Israel (2010), 10th Lyon Biennial, France, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria.(2009), 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (2007). 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007). 1st Bienal de Arquitectura Arte Paisaje de Canarias (2006-7). Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Milan (2006), Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2007). EPO Munich (2006). MM Projects Rincon, Puerto Rico (2004). Olivetti Foundation, Rome (2004). Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2004). Manifesta04, Frankfurt (2003), 25thh Sao Paulo Biennial (2002)
Rick Lowe is an artist who resides in Houston, Texas. He is a professor of art at the University of Houston. His formal training is in the visual arts. Over the past twenty years he has worked both inside and outside of art world institutions by participating in exhibitions and developing community-based art projects.
Rick has participated in exhibitions and programs nationally and internationally. From 1993 to the present, he has exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary arts Museum, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School, Houston, TX, the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan, Zora Neale Hurston Museum, Eatonville, Florida, Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Anyang Public Art Program 2010. Cittadellarte, Biella, Italy, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, and Documenta 14, Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece. He is represented by galleries in Houston and Los Angeles.
In 1993, Rick founded Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged neighborhood in Houston, Texas.
Rick has worked as guest artist on a number of community projects nationally. In 1996 he developed the Watts House Project, Los Angeles. From 2001-2002, he worked in collaboration with arts consultant Jessica Cusick on the Arts Plan for Rem Koolhaus designed Seattle Public Library. Rick worked with California based artists Suzanne Lacy and curator Mary Jane Jacobs on the Borough Project for Spoleto Festival 2003, in Charleston, SC and was lead artist on the Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Delray Beach, Florida. In 2005, he worked with the British architect, David Adjaye, on a project for the Seattle Art Museum in their new Olympic Sculpture Park. In 2006, he spearheaded Transforma Projects in New Orleans, a collaborative effort to engage artists and creativity in the rebuilding of the City after hurricane Katrina. 2008-09 Rick worked with Wendy Ewald and students at Amherst College to develop the Exchange/Value project. In 2010, Rick developed “Small Business/Big Change” for the Anyang Public Art Program, in Anyang, Korea. In 2013, He developed Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow as a project for the Nasher Sculpture Center.
He has received many honors. In 1997, Rick and Project Row Houses were awarded a silver medal by the Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence. Rick was on the faculty of Skowhegan School of Art, Skowhegan, Maine in 1998. He was the year 2000 recipient of the American Institute of Architecture Keystone Award. In 2002, he was awarded by Theresa Heinz the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities. Rick was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University from September 2001-June 2002. He received the 2005 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Governors Award. From 2005-2006, he was an Osher Fellow at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. In 2006, Rick received the Brandywine Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, he became an Innovator Fellow with the Japan Society. In 2009, Rick received the Skandalaris Award for Art and Architecture and a U.S. Artists Booth Fellowship. In 2010, he received the Creative Time Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. In 2011, Rick served as the visual arts “master artist” at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. President Barack Obama appointed Rick to the National Council on the Arts in 2013 and in 2014 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. He is a 2014 Mel Kind Fellow at MIT. Rick was Auburn University Breedan Scholar in 2015 and received the University of Houston’s President’s Medallion Award and honorary doctorate degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Otis College of Art. In 2016, Rick served as the Stanford University Haas Center Distinguish Visitor and also joined the University of Houston as a professor of art.