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Judith Lowry grew up in Germany, Maryland, Japan and California and began her career in art as a photographer. She earned her B.A. in Fine Art from Humboldt State and her Master’s degree in painting from Chico State University. Lowry’s inclusion in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Continuum: 12 Artists exhibition, at the Heye Center, is just one recent measure of her resounding, critical acclaim. Among the works she chose to feature in her Summer 2004 Continuum showing, was a multimedia, tent-framed, installation of a 16-foot California Indian Roundhouse. Given the Heye’s location in skyscraping Lower Manhattan, the Roundhouse offered a dramatic juxtaposition of social and built environments that not only mirrors Lowry’s cosmopolitan background, but also demonstrates her signature talent for infusing her artwork with cultural and political commentary.

Working primarily in oil and acrylics, she is best known for larger-than-life paintings that reflect an allegorical sensibility she attributes to the combined influence of early Renaissance painters and Native California story-telling traditions.

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

Recent solo exhibitions include Echoes of a Silent Song, Crocker Art Museum; Illuminations, Wheelwright Museum, and Home to Medicine Mountain: Illustrations by Judith Lowry, California State Indian Museum, Sacramento, California. Lowry has participated in numerous group shows over the past twelve years, including California Blend: Tradition and Change, Millard Sheets Gallery, Los Angeles (1999), Odyssey: A Journey into World Art, Peabody Essex, Salem, Massachusetts (2000), Who Stole the Tee Pee?, Smithsonian Institution of the American Indian, New York (2001), Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, The Heard Museum, (2001) and Weaving Contemporary Ceremonies I, II, III, Gorman Museum, Davis (2004). Lowry also created the story and illustrations for Home to Medicine Mountain (Children’s Book Press of San Francisco, 1998).