Guernica Interview: Rick Lowe: Heart of the City

Full Article by Nicole Audrey Spector


"Rick Lowe, artist and the founder of the community revitalization effort Project Row Houses in Houston’s Third Ward, was recently named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. The “genius” grant and its $625,000 award is a crowning achievement in any creative professional’s career, but in Lowe’s case, it feels especially poignant. Since the ’90s, the artist and community advocate has poured his energy into addressing the social and economic needs of downtrodden neighborhoods in Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and more. The generosity that Lowe has demonstrated suggests that the entirety of the grant will fund his work, which means the communities he nurtures and the places they inhabit."