Rick Lowe – Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Rick Lowe has become a catalyst for the transformation of challenged communities through public art. As the visionary project leader and co-founder of Project Row Houses, his pioneering approach to community development leveraged the intersections among art, historic preservation, innovative affordable housing, community relations, and empowerment to turn twenty-two derelict row houses in Houston's Third Ward into spaces for youth arts education programs, exhibitions, studio residences, a mentoring program for young mothers, an organic gardening program, and a design incubator. His success in Houston led to the launch of similar projects in other challenged areas across the country, including Watts in Los Angeles, post-Katrina New Orleans, and a North Dallas immigrant neighborhood. The MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" recipient has been named the inaugural artist-in-residence at Dallas's Nasher Sculpture Center, a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, a Mel King Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Community Innovators Lab, and a United States Artists Booth Fellow. Among other honors, he has been awarded the Rudy Bruner Award in Urban Excellence, The Heinz Award in the arts and humanities, Washington University's Skandalaris Award for Excellence in Art+Architecture, and the American Institute of Architects Keystone Award. He was named by President of the United States Barack Obama to the National Council on the Arts. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally in the United States, Korea, and Japan.
Maria Kalman – Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Maira Kalman is an acclaimed illustrator, author, designer, and frequent contributor to the New York Times and New Yorker. The expanse of her literary credits includes dozens of books for both children and adults, from Ooh-la-la-Max in Love, Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Everything, and 13 Words, a collaboration with Lemony Snicket, to My Favorite Things and an illustrated version of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. Her book, Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey, won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. Kalman's two illustrated monthly columns for The New York Times were published in book form: The Principles of Uncertainty, a narrative journal of her life, and And the Pursuit of Happiness, an exploration of American history and democracy. Recent publications are collaborations with the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Kalman was recently a resident at the American Academy in Rome, and numerous exhibitions of her work have been displayed in museums and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Beijing.
Richard Tuttle – Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Richard Tuttle, called one of the most "influential voices of his generation" by Artspace, helped to redefine the landscape of modern art by influencing the development of conceptualism and post-minimalism worldwide. He incorporates common materials such as plywood, rope, cardboard, and Styrofoam, into sculpture, painting, drawing, and printing that are assembled and installed in ways that change a viewer's perceptual awareness, especially as it relates to scale and light. Since his career launch in the 1960s, Tuttle's work has been featured in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions, including Documenta, the Whitney Biennial, and the Venice Biennale, and in more than 50 public collections worldwide as well as in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He was named an artist-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 2012-2013 and has received numerous other honors, including the Art Institute of Chicago Biennial Prize, a Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and an Aachen Art Prize from the Ludwig Forum. He is also an inductee into the National Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Most recently, his exhibition, I Don't Know, or the Weave of Textile Language, was shown at London's Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern and is also on view at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia through summer 2015. He earned a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.