Assistant Professor of Art
At North Park since: 1995
There are many reasons why Tim Lowly chooses to teach at North Park. “It embodies what I would hope for in a Christian institution of higher education: theological, political, and ethnic diversity,” he says. Plus, its location and intentionality in relation to Chicago, the ability to work with “extraordinary colleagues,” and the “ever unique” students have kept this Chicago-based artist, curator, musician, and teacher at North Park for almost two decades.
He describes the art department as small and comprised of students who are motivated to grow as artists with the help of dedicated, professionally active faculty. “While the community of students is always unique, there is a persistent tendency towards a seriousness of faith and a desire to grow as artists,” he says.
One way he helps with this effort is as the gallery director of the Carlson Tower Gallery, which features students’ work and also provides curatorial opportunities for them. Students in his Drawing II class will collaborate to feature drawings that represent Jesus from multicultural perspectives. He also regularly takes students on field trips to Chicago’s art galleries, museums, and artists’ studios and invites professional artists to speak to his classes.
In addition to teaching, Tim is the University’s artist-in-residence, and, during the 2012–2013 academic year, he chose to bring this practice to a gallery space in North Park’s Brandel Library as he worked publicly on a painting titled Bower. "What that has meant is just being present to students as a professional artist in addition to being a teacher," he says. "It's intentional so that the making of art becomes 'present,' so that people just walking by can see how a work of art comes into being."
Tim has worked as a professional artist for more than three decades. His work has been featured around the world and is greatly influenced by his disabled daughter, Temma, who was born in 1985.
- Face Forward: The Art of the Self-Portrait, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2012.
- ArtPrize – Cathedral Square (venue), Grand Rapids, MI, 2012.
- Explore more of Tim Lowly’s work.