Master of Fine Arts, Art Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1996
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art Photography, University of Northern IA, Cedar Falls, IA, 1993
The Story of Libby, Galleria del Grifo e l’Associazione Culturale “il Grifo e il Leone”, Montepulciano, Italy, Summer 2010
Pink, University Gallery, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, September – October 2009
Building Vernacular Imaginations: Paho Mann and Libby Rowe, UTSA Satellite Space, San Antonio, TX, 2009
Professional Assistance Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, TN, 2007
Faculty Achievement Award, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR, 2003
Technical Assistance Grant, Regional Art and Culture Council, Portland, OR, 2002
I am interested in the subtle differences between pondering, reflection, meditation, rumination and when these seemingly harmless contemplations turn to a more decidedly negative, and often detrimental, dwelling.
I am intrigued by the dual meaning of the word dwelling. How the “mental state” of dwelling is seen as definitively negative, but the “home” dwelling is at definition neutral but in reality holds the potential for both positive and negative associations.
This series of photographs uses physical dwellings made from materials that, along with their environments, suggest a subject that may be the source of a state of brooding. The conceptual source for this series stems from my interest in the domicile as a primarily feminine space.