• Provost's Global Forum: LGBTQ+ Youth in a Global Perspective

    Provost's Global Forum: LGBTQ+ Youth in a Global Perspective

    Allison invites you to join her at the February 2024 event LGBTQ+ Youth in Global Perspective: Resistance, Resilience, Reimagination which she co-organized with her colleagues Dr. Josh Coleman and Dr. Will Coghil-Behnrends at the University of Iowa

    Use the QR Code to view the complete schedule and register for the event.

  • "Observed Changes and Their Causes" a solo exhibition by Allison Rowe opens November 18, 2023 at Public Space One

    "Observed Changes and Their Causes" a solo exhibition by Allison Rowe opens November 18, 2023 at Public Space One

    Allison is delighted to announce the inaugural exhibition of her interdisciplinary body of work exploring the intersections of early childhood, caregiving, and the climate crisis from Nov 18 - Dec 16 at Public Space One in Iowa City.

    Drawing upon Public Space One's domestic architectural features, this exhibition and installation blurs the boundaries of domestic and art viewing spaces. The first room in the exhibition serves as a “playroom" where visitors of all ages can manipulate an interactive sculpture, make, chat, and watch the durational video piece Mama Reads the 2022 IPCC Report from the artist's couch, which has been temporarily relocated to the gallery.

    The show's second room, the “living room,” displays artworks that probe the difficulties of childrearing and environmental degradation through playful forms inspired by popular toys. Paintings of recent extreme weather events, co-created by Rowe and her four-year-old Tillie Currington-Rowe, cover the walls, offering simultaneously cheerful and dark interpretations of the climate disaster.

    Observed Changes and Their Causes welcomes children as an essential part of the Iowa art community and warmly invites them to attend all public programs.

    Learn more about the show and Public Space One here

  • Rowe presents at the Art Education Research Institute Symposium in Arizona

    Allison is delighted to share an in-progress paper from her multi-sited ethnographic case study research into gallery-supported socially engaged art.

    This year at the AERI Symposium, Rowe will deliver the paper Participating Fatigue: Settler Colonialism in Socially Engaged Art Story Collection on a panel with Andrew Tegarden, Mira Kallio-Tavin and Anniina Suominen. The session will take place at 4:00 PM on October 19 in the Environmental and Natural Resources Building at the University of Arizona.

    Art Education Research Institute

  • Art Educators of Iowa hosted at the University of Iowa

    This October, you are warmly invited to join the Art Educators of Iowa for their annual conference, which will be hosted by the School of Art & Art History and the Art Education Program at the University of Iowa

    Rowe is delighted to share that as a part of this year's AEI Program, she will be moderating a discussion between conceptual artist and educator Dr. Jorge Lucero, and childhood art expert and scholar Dr. Christopher Schulte on October 13, 2023 at 7 PM in Art Building West. Their lecture Why Does it Matter to Be an Art Teacher Today? is open to the public.

  • Rowe, Nowacek & Sheppard take up residence at the Obermann Center

    Rowe, Nowacek & Sheppard take up residence at the Obermann Center

    Allison and her Just Crushing collaborators Nancy Nowacek and Maia Sheppard are thrilled to be in residence at the Oberman Center for Advanced Studies this July. As 2023 recipients of an Obermann Interdisciplinary Research Grant (IDRG), the group was given access to a shared office space and financial support to continue developing their participatory artwork Just Crushing.

    The group is using this gift of space and time to develop a curriculum, meet with local partners, execute artwork tests, and write together.

    Stay tuned for more on this project throughout the year!

  • Rowe receives Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant for "Just Crushing: A Demolition Derby"

    Allison is pleased to share that she is a recipient of a 2023 Arts and Humanities Initiative Standard Grant awarded through the Office of the Vice President of Research at the University of Iowa. Rowe and her collaborators Nancy Nowacek and Maia Sheppard will use the funds from this award to support preliminary work on their forthcoming civically engaged artwork slated for the summer of 2024 in Muscatine County, Iowa.

    Just Crushing is an artwork taking the form of a demolition derby to embody American political discourse as a spectacle of competitive wreckage. Drawing upon the theatrics of Carnivale, the hometown grandiosity of state fairs, and the rich history of destructive art, vehicles representing critical issues in American politics will brutalize one another as the crowd cheers and jeers them on. Just Crushing will generate a distinct opportunity for intergenerational dialog about difficult topics and cut against the divisive, online political arguments teenagers are inundated with by replacing them with open discussion infused with ambiguity and contradiction. Educators involved in the camp will gain experience in navigating fraught conversations, thereby improving their ability to contend with these topics in their future classrooms. Finally, the derby will establish a different kind of space for democratic exchange, one that has no stakes other than its own absurd logic.

    Learn more about the AHI here

  • Rowe presents on visual journaling as a tool for teacher well-being at NAEA

    Allison Rowe and her colleagues, Carissa Dicindo, Stephanie Danker, Cailtin Black, and Andrea Slusarski build off their work in the NAEA Professional Learning Through Research (PLR) group to address educator mental health at the 2023 NAEA Convention

    On April 13 from 1-2:30 PM you are warmly invited to join Allison and her collaborators at their panel Creative Care: Promoting Educator Well-Being with Visual Journaling. During this session, each presenter will discuss techniques they deploy to make wellness, artmaking, and reflection an integral part of their teaching practice. Attendees are welcome to bring sketching tools to the session.

    The National Art Education Association is the leading professional body in the field of art education. Each year, the conference brings together thousands of teachers from across community, K-12, and higher education to discuss best practices. More information about the 2023 Convention, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, can be found here.

  • Cyanotypes by Allison featured in "Approaching Water" exhibition at Constellation Studios

    Cyanotypes by Allison featured in "Approaching Water" exhibition at Constellation Studios

    Included in the Constellation Studios exhibition Approaching Water are cyanotypes that reimagine performance documentation from Rowe's 2017 Work Like a River created in the Yukon. Taking the invitation to participate in this show as an opportunity to explore how site-specific work can evolve for new contexts, Rowe worked outdoors and used water from the Iowa River to create cyanotypes from her earlier performance.

    Curated by Katie Anania, Dorota Biczel, Jessica Santone, and Cooper Stiglitz, this exhibition shows the depth and breadth of artistic practices that engage with water as a key substance vested with multiple social, political, economic, and cultural interests. Artists include: Luz María Bedoya, Vaughn Bell, Jess Benjamin, Alex Braidwood, Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez, Regan Golden, Joan Hall, Susan Knight, Salvador Lindquist, Colin Matthes, Mystic Multiples, Florence Neal, Musuk Nolte, Alison Rowe, Geo Rutherford, and Tia-Simone Gardner.

    Approaching Water
    Constellation Studios
    March 8 – April 29, 2023
    Reception March 8, Wednesday, 6-8 pm

  • MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project exhibition up now at Artscape Youngplace

    MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project exhibition up now at Artscape Youngplace

    Exhibition runs June 14-July 4, 2022 @ Artscape Youngplace in Toronto

    Allison is excited to be included in this exhibition of work by past participants in the MOTHRA Residency Program. Her new, interactive sculpture Love & Joy & Fear is included in the show.

    Other exhibit artists include:
    Neema Bickersteth
    Sarah Cullen
    Mary Dyja
    Cherie Harte
    Derrick Hodgson
    Motina Hussey
    Olga Klosowski
    Meghan Monaghan
    Kerri-Lynne Reeves
    Kara Sievewright
    Alison Thompson

  • When a supplies order gone wrong transforms into a talk, into a chapter, and then into a stop motion animation made with a toddler

    Allison and her daughter Tillie's first collaborative film Three Pieces of Tinfoil will be included on the March 4, 2022 NAEA panel What happens at the intersection of conceptual art and teaching? convened by the amazing Jorge Lucero. The event will take place at 3:20 EST IRL and online and is open to all attendees of the National Art Education Association National Convention.

  • In the Pandemic & Beyond: Socially Engaged Art & Care, February 4, 2022 @ 10:15

    In the Pandemic & Beyond: Socially Engaged Art & Care, February 4, 2022 @ 10:15

    Allison is delighted to announce the upcoming panel discussion In the Pandemic and Beyond: Socially Engaged Art & Care which she will be hosting through the Art Education and Museum Studies programs at the University of Iowa.

    The panel will be a candid conversation between curators, artists, and educators Nisa Mackie, Director of Education at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), January Parkos Arnall, an independent curator of performance and public practice based in LA, Emelie Chhangur, Director and Curator of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Canada, Sanjit Sethi, artist and President, Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD), and Robert Ransick, artist and Vice President of Academic Affairs at MCAD. The discussion will be facilitated by Allison and her longtime collaborator artist, designer, and Assistant Professor of Design at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Nancy Nowacek.

    Reach out to Allison for the Zoom details and with any additional questions about this event.

  • Headed to Iowa

    This August 2021 Allison will be joining the faculty at the University of Iowa where she will be working as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Art Education. In her new role Allison will be teaching preservice art teachers methods and studio courses, conducting arts-based research, and working with youth and children from Iowa City through a number of community engaged programs. If you know anything about football or wrestling and want to help Allison prepare for Hawkeye culture, feel free to drop her a line!

  • PhD defense complete, reintroducing, Dr. Allison Rowe

    PhD defense complete, reintroducing, Dr. Allison Rowe

    You may notice things have been a bit quieter that normal around here and pandemic parenting an infant aside, its because Allison spent this year writing her dissertation. She is pleased to share that on May 7, 2021 she passed her doctoral defense and became Dr. Allison Rowe. Allison's dissertation is titled The Social Throughout: A Multisited Ethnographic Case Study of Socially Engaged Art at the Gallery and takes a deep dive into two social practice projects executed at art institutions in North America between 2017-2018. The project is deeply informed by Allison's work as a socially engaged artist, as well as her prioritization of practice as a form of knowledge.

    Image Description: Photograph of a bright laptop sitting on a kitchen table with a high chair and random household objects, taken in the dead of night when this project got done.

  • CAA 2020, February 12-15 2020 in Chicago

    Allison is pleased to announce she will be participating in two panels at the annual College Art Association Conference during which she will speak about her research and creative projects in socially engaged art.

    At this year's CAA conference in Chicago Allison will be co-chairing the panel, Public, community, and audience: Labor and care in socially engaged art practices with her collaborator, Nancy Nowacek. The participating panelists include; Nisa Mackie, Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Walker Art Center, January Arnall Parkos, Curator, Performance and Public Practice at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Emelie Chhangur, Senior Curator, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) and respondent Sanjit Sethi, President of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

    Allison will also be delivering the paper Not a Snow Fort: Generating new knowledge through socially engaged art pedagogy on her recent collaboration with children from the Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club and Artscape Gibraltar Point on a one-day participatory artmaking project. This presentation is part of the panel Knowledge is a Verb: The Craft of Creative Research chaired by Dr. John Sharp Associate Professor of Games and Learning at Parson's.

    For more details on these panels please see the CAA Conference portal

  • Post Cards from Fort McMurray included in the latest issue of Prefix Photo

    Allison's 2010 series Post Cards from Fort McMurray is featured in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Prefix Photo, Tourism Ecologies. Copies of the publication can be purchased through the Prefix ICA website or at various retail locations that stock art periodicals.

  • Allison's work included in Hyperallergic's Top Brooklyn shows of 2019

    Allison's work included in Hyperallergic's Top Brooklyn shows of 2019

    Allison is thrilled to share Hyperallergic's inclusion of The Department of Human and Natural Services as one fo the top art shows in Brooklyn this year. The exhibition included Allison's installation and performance piece Emotional Labor Specialist Climate Change Hotline as well as works by Nancy Nowacek, the Environmental Performance Agency and Li Sumpter. This show was staged at the recently closed NURTUREart.

  • The Case for Antagonism in Socially Engaged, Arts-Based Research

    Allison's commentary The Case for Antagonism in Socially Engaged, Arts-Based Research is out in the latest issue of Studies in Art Education The article can be accessed through Taylor & Francis

  • Allison's new work Scavenger Hunt on view at Artscape Youngplace

    Allison's new work Scavenger Hunt on view at Artscape Youngplace

    Allison is thrilled to be showing a new photo series in the Winter Island Residency Exhibition running from July 29 - August 19, 2019

    In January 2019 Allison participated in the Winter Island Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point in Toronto. During her residency, Allison completed a number of participatory projects including an all-day, participatory art collaboration created with children from the Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club. Allison's project Scavenger Hunt included in this exhibit was made as a response to a scavenger hunt created by the children from the Boys & Girls Club during their visit to the islands.

    The Winter Island Residency Exhibition was curated by Andrew Lochead and also features work by Sandra Smirle, Brendan George Ko, and Addae Nurse.

  • Allison's work on view at the McDonough Museum of Art

    Photographs from Rowe's series Geologic Time included in the exhibition 'Studio Conversations'

    The John J McDonough Museum of Art, on the campus of Youngstown State University opens the summer with 'Studio Conversations in Art Education' which highlighs artwork by twelve women art educators in higher education from the US and Canada who maintain an active studio practice. The exhibit was co-curated Claudia
    Berlinski and Dr. Lillian Lewis and coincides with the publication of volume 45, issue 1 of
    the journal Visual Art Research entitled: “Women art educators in higher education: Conversations on studio practice,” edited by Dr. Lewis.

    June 8- July 20, 2019

  • Exhibition review of Allison Rowe's work at NURTUREart

    Louis Bury's recent review of The Department of Human and Natural Services which includes Allison's new project Emotional Labor Specialist provides an insightful analysis of the exhibition and the emotional repercussions of climate change. The group exhibition, curated by Mariel Villeré at NURTUREart, will be on view until May 19.

    Read the article, 'Coping with Climate Change' on Hyperallergic

    Exhibition Details

  • New work by Allison included in upcoming NURTUREart exhibition in Brooklyn

    Allison's performance and installation Emotional Labor Specialist will be on view from April 20 - May 19 in The Department of Human and Natural Services, curated by Mariel Villeré for NURTUREart

    The Department of Human and Natural Services exhibits alternative arrangements of the bureaucracy surrounding climate change and possibilities to reclaim agency for environmental justice and resilience.

    Drawing on the rich history of phone art, Allison will be connected to the gallery by telephone as a component of her new performance piece Emotional Labor Specialist: Climate Change Hotline. Visitors will be invited to call the performer on the phone and discuss their feelings about climate change or engage in drawing activities designed to support the processing of emotions associated with the unknowable future of our changing planet.

    Other featured artists include Nancy Nowacek, Li Sumpter, and the Environmental Performance Agency (EPA): Catherine Grau, andrea haenggi, Ellie Irons, and Christopher Kennedy.

    Opening Reception: Friday, April 19, 7–9pm
    On View: April 20–May 19, 2019 @ NURTUREart

  • 2019 College Art Association Panels

    At this year's CAA conference in New York Allison Rowe will be participating in two different panels.

    In conjunction with Nancy Nowacek, Allison is chairing What do you show when there’s nothing to show? Social practice and the gallery. This panel brings together, January Arnall Parkos, Curator of Public Practice, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Nisa Mackie, Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs, Walker Art Center and Sanjit Sethi, Director, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University to discuss the tension between traditional museum display modalities and the processual and durational nature of socially engaged art. This session will take place from 4:00-5:30pm on Saturday, February 16th at the New York Hilton Midtown, Second Floor, Clinton Suite.

    Allison will also be presenting Land Grant: Mining the University on the panel Redefining the University Art Gallery on Thursday, February 14th from 6:00-7:30pm at the New York Hilton Midtown in the Nassau West room.

    College Art Association 2019 Conference Schedule

  • Interview with CBC Toronto's Metro Morning

    On January 5, 2019 Allison woke up before dawn and traveled to the Toronto Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) offices and spoke with Metro Morning's Matt Galloway about her Winter Island Artist Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point.

    Listen Here!

  • Allison is delighted to announce her Winter Island Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point

    This January and February Allison will undertake a month-long residency that invites members of the public to help construct a giant snow fort at AGP.

    From January 7- February 4, 2019, Allison will be in residence at Artscape Gibraltar Point, located on the Toronto Islands. During her residency, Allison will invite local residents, children, and the public to help her build a massive snow fort inspired by the epic 1985 Canadian film La guerres des tuques (known in English as The Dog Who Stopped the War). On January 26, 2019 Allison and AGP will host a Winter. Stay tuned for more details of this exciting project!

    Winners Announced for 2019 Winter Island Artist Residency
    Learn more about Artscape Residencies and how to apply

  • Carbon Sequestration on view at GVSU

    Carbon Sequestration on view at GVSU

    Allison is pleased to be included in the exhibition System Processing at Grand Valley State University in Jenison, MI.

    On November 29 & 30 from 6:00-9:00 each evening the exhibit, System Processing will take over the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project. Other exhibiting artists include; Ruth Burke, Jeffrey Michael Austin, Larissa Garcia, Gustavo Plascencia, and many others.

    System Processing Exhibit Site

  • Photographs from Allison series 'Mine' on display in Anchorage this October

    Photographs from Allison series 'Mine' on display in Anchorage this October

    Allison is pleased to announce an upcoming show at Bivy Gallery

    In October 2018 two photographs from Allison's 2015 project Mine will be included in the exhibition Spoon, Scoop, Sieve at Bivy Gallery. This show explores the relationship between human touch and the natural environment.

    419 G Street, Suite 100
    Anchorage, Alaska

  • Methods, museums, and art: Allison's upcoming conference presentations

    This Fall Allison will be presenting at the annual Art Education Research Institute and Universities Art Association of Canada conferences.

    Allison is delighted to share two of her current research projects at the upcoming AERI Conference running September 13-15, 2018 and at the UAAC Conference on October 26, 2018. At AERI she will deliver Method Follows Form: Studying Socially Engaged Art Using Ethnographic Case Study. At UAAC, Allison will co-present with Alyssa Bralower on the panel Radical Museums: Challenging Museums in the Current Moment chaired by Dr. Kristy Robertson. Allison and Alyssa will present on Land Grant an exhibition they co-curated at the Krannert Art Museum in 2016-2017.

  • Travelling to the future with the Boys and Girls Club

    In May and June 2018 Allison will run a time travel focused art project for children at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club in Toronto

    Allison is thrilled to be partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to offer a series of thematic, evening art activities for children aged 6-12 on Tuesday evenings. All current Dovercourt club members are welcome to join this program for free. Stay tuned for news about our immersive installation of the future!

    Dovercour Boys and Girls Club

  • Allison encourages antaogonism and art moves at NAEA 2018

    Allison is pleased to announce she will be delivering two back-to-back presentations at the National Art Education Association Convention in Seattle on March 23, 2018.

    Art and Antagonism: Negotiating the Ethics of Discomfort in the Classroom
    5:30 PM
    Are you a post-secondary studio educator? This panel provides hands-on suggestions about how to support students who want to create antagonistic, participatory art.
    Center/Meeting Room 606/Level 6

    Marilyn Zurmuehlen Working Papers in Art Education
    6:00 PM
    This annual session features the latest scholarly and creative research by doctoral students in the field of art education who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees at academic institutions in the United States and Canada. Allison will deliver a short talk on her dissertation research methodology as an 'art move'.
    Sheraton/Ravenna A, B, C/3rd Floor

    National Art Education Association Convention

  • Winter Research

    Winter Research

    Allison is delighted to be conducting site-based research on the museum-mediation of socially engaged art this January and February

    Allison is currently in the fieldwork phase of her dissertation research into the execution of social practice art at cultural institutions in Canada and the United States. For the next two months, she will be following the full lifecycle of a participatory art project in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Green Skies on view at Outhaus, Nov 16, 4-7 PM, Champaign

    Green Skies on view at Outhaus, Nov 16, 4-7 PM, Champaign

    Please join us for this exclusive one-time opportunity to travel to 2100

    Green Skies was originally developed by UIUC graduate students in the short-lived Temporal Computing Programming Program (TCPP). Despite early success, the project was shut-down after researchers were unable to get the technology to function outside Champaign County or to move anyone to any time other than the year 2100. Described by peer reviewers as “…utterly useless…’’, “…lacking in imagination or real-world applicability…” and “…a degradation to science, time and human decency…” the unit has been hidden in basement storage until this fall when current, underfunded graduate students unearthed it while searching for loose change.

    Admission will be determined on a first come, first serve basis.
    It is not recommended that people who are uncomfortable with time travel attend this event.

  • Summer Research

    Summer Research

    This summer Allison is beginning her doctoral field work researching cultural institutions in Canada and the United States and their collaborations with artists to produce participatory art. After an amazing two-week road trip she has landed at her first research site located in Northern Canada. Allison will spend July and August at this site before returning to Toronto to conduct preliminary data analysis and to begin preparing to go to her second research site in late autumn.

  • New book chapter out in "Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture"

    New book chapter out in "Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture"

    Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture recently released by the McGill-Queen's University Press includes the chapter 'The Tar Sands Exploration Station: A Self-Directed Artist Residency' by Allison Rowe. This text takes the reader on a narrative exploration of the Alberta oil sands and into Rowe's practice-based research work on oil.

    Available @ McGill-Queen's University Press

  • I Move Hearts and Large Objects @ Open Engagement

    I Move Hearts and Large Objects @ Open Engagement

    Allison and her UIUC colleague Dulcee Boehm will be presenting I Move Heart and Large Objects at Open Engagement: Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. April 21 – 23, 2017. Come out and hear our thoughts on care, resource extraction, and farming. Also featuring country music and some mild manual labor.

  • Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship

    Allison is excited to announce that she is the recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, an annual award allocated to a graduate student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Allison will use the funds to support her research travel across Canada and the United States where she will be conducting case-study research of participatory and community involved arts at museums and art galleries.

  • 'College Town' included in upcoming exhibition on the everyday

    'College Town' included in upcoming exhibition on the everyday

    Allison is pleased to be including in the upcoming exhibition 'Hiding in Plain Site: Seeing and Feeling the Everyday' at the Bloc Gallery in Champaign, IL

    College Town (eight months) is a gridded photographic collage of discarded red Solo cups taken by the artist during her first eight months in residency in a Champaign-Urbana. The Solo Cup, a locally invented and manufactured product was created by Robert Leo Hulseman in the 1970s for his family’s Solo Cup Company which employed hundreds of Champaign county residents until it was sold in 2012. Today the red plastic cup maintains an important role in local culture and is commonly associated with underage drinking, keg parties and beer pong.

  • Rowe receives SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

    Allison is pleased to announce that she is the recipient of a four-year doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada to conduct her dissertation research on museum-based socially engaged art.

    She also received a University of Illinois Dissertation Travel Award and Graduate College Conference Travel Award this semester.

  • Rowe to speak at the 4th International Association for Visual Culture Biennial Conference

    Rowe will give a talk on her arts-based research project 'Greeks for Greece' at Boston University September 30, 2016

    Rowe's presentation, 'Greeks for Greece: A Narrative Exploration of Frat Culture, the Greek Refugee Crisis and an Art Exhibition' will be included on a panel about art, politics and violence in the Mediterranean.

  • Art and Antagonism: Negotiating the ethics of discomfort in the classroom

    Allison will be speaking at 'Ethics out of the box: examining ethical issues in art and design research' at OCAD University in Toronto on May 25, 2016. Her presentation will discuss ways that classroom educators can facilitate antagonist art making in their post-secondary classrooms.

  • Paris, Portland and Oakland: Summer Research Plans

    Allison will be conducting research across the United States and Europe this summer with the support of an Art Education Program Graduate Conference & Event Travel Award

    Allison is excited to announce that her summer research plans now include visits to Oakland to attend the Open Engagement Conference, a three-week trip to study with the Louvre School in Paris and a road-trip to tour art museums in Washington State and British Columbia. This research would not be possible without the financial support of the Art Education program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where Rowe is currently in the first year of her PhD.

  • Tar Sand and a Camper Van: A Journey to Becoming Public Space

    Tar Sand and a Camper Van: A Journey to Becoming Public Space

    Allison Rowe will be presenting at the upcoming ASAP/7: Arts & the Public conference September 24-27, 2015 at Clemson University

    Rowe's upcoming conference presentation will take the form of a road trip to the Canadian landscape (both real and mythological), through the oil sands, into national resource ideology and which will end with the Tar Sands Exploration Station.

  • Allison Rowe begins her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Allison is delighted to announce that beginning in August 2015 she will begin her doctoral work in the Art Education Department at the University of Illinois.

    After careful consideration Allison has accepted an offer of admission to the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois where she will pursue research in museum-based socially engaged artistic practice.

  • Rowe to Participate in Post Arctic Residency at Pocantico

    In autumn 2014, twenty-five artists boarded the tall ship Antigua for a two-week residency sailing the west coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard located in the Arctic Circle. The Antigua reached 79°52 N, 011°48 E, just beyond Ny-Alesund, the world’s northernmost civilian settlement. One of the artists, Daniel Kukla has initiated a follow up residency at Pocantico inviting fellow Arctic residents Geoff Booras, Denise Iris, Sandra Kühne, Tamsin Relly Allison Rowe, and Katie Turnbull to participate.

    Svalbard is an international territory with a unique history of exploration, land claiming and mapping in the name of resource exploitation and survival. The land has also been pursued for scientific discovery, physical challenge, artistic motivations and more recently, tourism. In light of this history, the artist’s motivations for undertaking the expedition provide a starting point for their Pocantico residency.

    Coming from diverse and inter-disciplinary practices, the artists will have the opportunity to develop work - both individually and collaboratively - in response to their shared experience in the largely uninhabited Arctic landscape of glaciers, mountains and fjords. The group will investigate common themes within their practices from exploration, cartography and geology to temporality, impermanence and Climate Change.

  • Line 9 Consultation Department at Figment Festival July 25-26

    A new participatory artwork by Allison Rowe on display at Centre Island in Toronto

    The Line 9 Consultation Department is an interactive office installation where Toronto residents can learn about and discuss Line 9B, a 39 year old Enbridge pipeline set to begin transporting tar sand oil product through the GTA later this year.

    Figment is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines.

    This project has been supported by a grant from the Toronto Arts Council.


  • Line 9 Consultation Department

    The Line 9 Consultation Department is a mobile art installation and community event space that will travel the path of Enbridge's Line 9 across Toronto this summer. If you are interested in hosting the Consultation Department please get in touch.

    This project has been supported by a grant from the Toronto Arts Council.

  • Allison Rowe sets sail on the Arctic Circle Residency program

    This October Rowe will be visiting the International Territory of Svalbard with the Arctic Circle's Fall Art and Science Expedition

    During her residency Rowe and the other participants will travel north from Longyearbyen on a tall ship, stopping to make work and explore the island. Allison is looking forward to continuing her investigations into resource extraction, and taking on some new experiments in 3D modelling and scanning.

    This project has been supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

  • Intsersection Contact Contemporary Music Festival

    Join the TSES at the that the Intersection Festival taking place at Yonge and Dundas Square in down town Toronto

    There are few spaces in the city of Toronto as charged and visited as Yonge and Dundas Square- particularly when you add live performances by contemporary and experimental musicians and sound artists. The Tar Sands Exploration Station will be participating in the the annual Intersection: Contact Contemporary Music Festival on September 6, 2014, with a guest performance by sound artist Adam Tindale in the afternoon.Join us through any time after 12:00 to talk, listen or explore.

  • The Tar Sands Exploration Station at the Big on Bloor Festival July 19 - 20

    The TSES is delighted to be participating in a great community festival right here in our own neighbourhood

    Mark your calendars- the Tar Sands Exploration Station will be opening its doors at the upcoming Big on Bloor Festival on July 19 and 20 in the west end of Toronto. Learn more about the other artists, local businesses and community members participating in this event at the link below.


  • About as Likely as Not opens next week at Lease Agreement in Baltimore

    Allison's recent sculpture and print work will be on exhibition in a solo show at Lease Agreement, a unique apartment gallery in Baltimore, MD

    About as Likely as Not opens Friday March 28, 2014

    3718 Ellerslie Ave.
    Baltimore, MD 21218
    leaseagreementbaltimore (at) gmail (dot) com

    Hours: Wednesdays 4pm - 8pm or by appointment

    Lease Agreement is a collaborative, artist-run, curatorial project by Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa. Set in the front rooms of the couple's rental house, Lease Agreement continues in the tradition of apartment gallery exhibition spaces by exhibiting conceptually rigorous, engaging work within the context of a home.

  • "Warmer" at Hood College includes work by Allison Rowe

    Hood College Exhibition opens March 7 and runs until March 30, 2014

    Paintings, sculptures, installations, screen-prints, and photographs created by five artists will be on display March 7-30 in the Whitaker Gallery on the second floor of the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

    A closing reception for “Warmer” will be March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Curated by Hood College Gallery Director Adam Farcus, the works in this exhibit illustrate the conflict and often confusing data regarding global climate change and the emotional perception of how this phenomenon is changing the planet.

    The exhibit includes hurricane-inspired paintings and sculptures by Jessica Childress, debris-like installations by Heather Mekkelson, Allison Rowe’s screen-prints of data from climate change graphs, photographs of the Chesapeake Bay by Richard Weiblinger and Eileen Wold’s green energy-influenced kinetic sculptures.

    Whitaker Gallery
    Whitaker Commons Building
    Hood College
    401 Rosemont Ave.
    Frederick, MD 21701

  • Allison Rowe's postcards available at Open Space, Baltimore's Fifth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair on March 8 and 9, 2014.

    Are you in Baltimore this weekend? If so make sure to stop by the Lease Agreement booth Baltimore's Fifth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair where Allison's postcards from Fort McMurray will be on display.

    Open Space's Fifth Annual Publications and Multiples Fair
    D Center, 16 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218
    March 8th and 9th, 12pm - 6pm Saturday and Sunday

  • Constructed, Collaged, Combined & Congruent

    Allison is delighted to announce her participation in the upcoming Galerie Protege exhibition curated by Robert Dimin

    Galerie Protege's fortcoming exhibition Constructed, Collaged, Combined & Congruent explores contemporary sculpture through the work of artists. Allison is pleased to have work from her continuing project, Aid for USA and Canada.

    The exhibition is on view Feburary 6 - March 8 with an opening reception on February 6 from 6 - 8 pm

    197 Ninth Ave (Lower Level - Chelsea Frames)
    New York, NY 10011


  • Sunday Scene at the Power Plant with Allison Rowe

    Please join Allison on Sunday January 5 at the Power Plant Gallery where she will speak about Micah Lexier's exhibition "One, and Two, and More Than Two"

    As a participating artist in Lexier's expansive cuatorial project More Than Two, Rowe will speak about her thoughts on the project and the exhibition.

    2:00 PM Sunday January 5 2014
    The Power Plant
    Contemporary Art Gallery
    231 Queens Quay West
    Toronto, Ontario

  • At work in Port-au-Prince

    Allison Rowe is currently participating in the 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Haiti

    Though just two days into her current stay in PAP, Allison is excited to be back at work on Aid for USA and Canada a project which she began two years ago as a response to the media reportage on Haitian aid. Allison is also working on a new piece about earthquake rubble removal. Images to be posted in the upcoming weeks.

  • Ghetto Biennale project generously supported by Ontario Arts Council

    Allison Rowe is pleased to announce that she is the recipient of an Exhibition Assistance Grant from the OAC for her performance at the Ghetto Biennale

    Allison's performance Aid for USA and Canada will take place from December 8 - 16, 2013 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This project would not be possible without the funding assistance of an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant that will help cover the costs associated with travelling to and creating a site-specific performance.

    For more information about the OAC and their grants check out their website: www.arts.on.ca/site4.aspx

  • DUMBO Arts Festival September 27 - 29

    We're going to be NYC on the last weekend of September, come hang out with the TSES at the DUMBO Arts Festival

    The Tar Sands Exploration Station is headed to Brooklyn this fall to participate in the DUMBO Arts Festival. Take a look at the link below and start making your plans now for navigating the neighbourhood.


  • Upcoming exhibition and performance in Port-au-Prince

    Decentering the Market and Other Tales of Progress, the 3rd Ghetto Biennale will take place this December in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    In early December 2013 Allison Rowe will return to Haiti to continue working on her performance and archive project, Aid for USA and Canada. If you are a resident of Port-au-Prince and are interested in making and aid donation to Canada and the US please get in touch.

  • Vermont Studio Center

    Allison is thrilled to announce she will be in residence at the Vermont Studio Center this October

    During the month of October Allison Rowe will be at the Vermont Studio Center working on a series of new sculptural responses to oil, mining and voids. In progress work will be posted soon.


  • Rowe's work include in Micah Lexier's show, More Than Two (Let It Make Itself) at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

    Allison Rowe is delighted to be included in Micah Lexier's curatorial project More Than Two (Let It Make Itself) on view at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Canada from September 21 to January 5, 2014.

    Please join Micah, Allison and the other artists included in this exhibition by celebrating the opening of the show this Friday September 20 from 8:00 - 10:00 PM.


  • Tar Sands Exploration Station headed to Ottawa for Nuit Blanche

    Allison Rowe's Tar Sands Exploration Station to participate in Ottawa's 2013 Nuit Blanche Exhibition on September 21st

    It is a busy September for Allison and the volunteers of the TSES. On September 21 the van will be roaming the streets of Ottawa, Canada's national capital, as part of the 2013 Nuit Blanche exhibition Supernova. Rowe's work has been curated into the exhibition by Michael Davidge.


  • Headed back to ACRE

    Allison is excited to return to ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) in Steuben, WI to continue the print series she began there last summer

    After a wonderful experience at ACRE last year, Allison Rowe is set to return to their idyllic summer home based in Wisconsin and expand upon the screen print series she began there last year. Stay tuned for image updates and work in progress!


  • Tar Sands Exploration Station at the River and Sky Camping and Musical Festival

    Allison Rowe is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Tar Sands Exploration Station in the River and Sky Music Festival taking place in Northern Ontario July 19 - 21, 2013

    The TSES team is thrilled to be participating in the River and Sky Festival, a great celebration of Canadian music and culture in the beautiful Northern Ontario landscape. Get your tickets now and keep your eyes out for the van!


  • Other Investigations on the Make Space Blog

    Check out the article on Allison's work on the Make Space blog.


  • The Arctic Circle in 2014

    Allison Rowe to participate in 2014 expedition with The Arctic Circle

    Allison is delighted to announce she has been invited to participate in The Arctic Circle program in October 2014. During her trip, Rowe will investigate oil and gas explorations of the Arctic through video and performance.


  • Aid for USA and Canada on view at La Centrale Galerie

    From June 7 - July 6 Allison Rowe's participatory archive Aid for USA and Canada will be on display in Montreal at La Centrale

    Round Table Discussion and Opening Friday June 7, 6pm
    Artist Presentation and discussion Saturday June 8th, 3pm

    Aid for USA and Canada is a collaborative performance, sculpture and archive investigating the monetary and political relationships between Canada, the United States and Haiti. This exhibition is the inaugural Canadian display of the aid collected in 2011. The public display of these items will be supported by a number of events that foster dialogue about Canada, Haiti and the future of International Aid.

    4296 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2W 2R2

  • Open Engagement Presentation: Aid for USA and Canada

    On May 18 at 3 PM iAllison Rowe will give a presentation at the Open Engagement Conference on her work, Aid for USA and Canada

    Open Engagement is an international conference that sets out to explore various perspectives on art and social practice and expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making. The annual conference is hosed by the Social Practice MFA at Portland State University.


  • 1W3KND Writing Residency hosted by Broken City Lab

    Allison Rowe is excited to announce that she will be participating in a 1W3KND Writing Residency hosted by Broken City Lab this February.


  • Upcoming show in Chicago at Heaven Gallery

    Allison Rowe's Tar Sands Exploration Station will be on view in Chicago next week on January 10 at Heaven Gallery

    The amazing ACRE summer residency program that Rowe participated in during August 2012 also supports all their artists by pairing them with a curator for an exhibition opportunity the following year. Allison Rowe is delighted to be participating in a show curated by Pat Elfritz at Heaven Gallery in Chicago. Hope to see you there!

    Heaven Gallery - 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd floor

  • Make Space Blog Feature

    Check out the Make Space blog to see a great piece about Allison's work and recent residency at ACRE


  • Petrocultures: Oil and Water Opens September 6 in Sherwood Park, Alberta

    Allison Rowe is pleased to announce her participation in the Petrocultures Exhibition and Conference taking place in Edmonton Alberta from September 5-9, 2012.

    Rowe is exhibited to be participating in two events associated with the upcoming Petrocultures Conference hosted by the University of Alberta. Rowe's work will be view in the exhibition Oil and Water on view at Gallery 501 in Sherwood Park. She will also be presenting a performative paper, Tar Sand and a Camper Van- An Artistic Investigation into Canadian Visual Culture and Self-Consumption.

    For more details on the conference and the exhibition please see:

  • ACRE = Amazing

    Allison Rowe just returned from 2 weeks of art making awesomeness at ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions). Stay tuned for a new print series that Rowe created during the residency!

  • Upcoming Events and Exhibitions for the Tar Sands Exploration Station

    Art Now at the Toronto Outdoor Art Show July 6 - 8, Art Spin Performance August 30 and Pop-Ups Pending.

    The Tar Sands Exploration Station (TSES) is on the move across Ontario this summer. Allison is delighted to announce that the TSES has been selected as the 2012 Art Now Project for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition taking place from July 6 - 8. During the show two new performance pieces will be unveiled.

    On August 30 the TSES will be participating in an amazing event being hosted by Art Spin in Toronto. Hop on your bike and join us!

    And finally this summer season the TSES will be proudly offering a series of pop-up performances at cultural icons in Ontario. Suggestions about where we should go? Email now!

  • ACRE Artist Residency

    Allison Rowe will be joining the amazing ACRE community this summer for an artist residency in early August. During her time in Wisconsin, Rowe will be working on a print series that responds to abstraction, infographics and the environment. Check out ACRE's website for more info about their programming.


  • Tar Sands Exploration Station at the Intersections / Cross Sections Conference and Exhibition April 27 + 28

    The Tar Sands Exploration Station is thrilled to be opening its doors this week at the 11th Annual INTERSECTIONS / CROSS SECTIONS Conference hosted by the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture at York and Ryerson Universities.

    Friday April 27 we will be crashing the Keynotes from 5:30 - 9:00 outside the Ryerson University Student Centre, 55 Gould Street.

    Saturday, April 28 TSES will be part of the Cross Sections Multimedia Art Exhibition taking place at Double Land, 209 Augusta Avenue from 7:00–12:00

    Check out the link to get a full breakdown of the amazing activities taking place at the conference.


  • Thanks to Canada Council for th Arts and the Ontario Arts Council

    Allison Rowe is pleased to announce the generous support of her project Aid for USA and Canada by the Canadian and Ontario Arts Councils.

    Allison received a Travel Assistance Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and an Exhibition Assistance Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Without the generous support of these organizations, Allison would not have been able to attend the 2011 Ghetto Biennale.

  • Aid for USA and Canada @ the Ghetto Biennale

    Allison Rowe is pleased to announce her participation in the 2011 Ghetto Biennale taking place in Haiti from November 28 - December 19, 2011.

    Rowe will collaboratively create a piece entitled Aid for USA and Canada with local residents of the Grande Rue, a downtown ghetto in Port-au-Prince. These residents will be asked to make donations of objects and audio recordings which will be generously donated to the US and Canada.

  • The Time to Convince Them Is Over in After All

    Opening on Oct 5th and running till Oct 27th at the Steam Whistle Gallery.

    After All is a colloquium of micro-disasters and subtle apocalypses, little mistakes and lonely wanderers, absences and distortions, created by eight young visual artists. Both melancholy and acerbic, the works speak to the aftermath of arbitrary and fictitious disasters. Darkness has already descended, and the sensation is one of being unsettled for good, and yet, escape routes and alarm-bells appear to be built-in to each misfortune.

  • Open Pit Mining Model in Perfect Place/NoPlace: Re-imagining Utopia

    Allison Rowe's interactive Open Pit Mining Model now on view.
    @Million Fishes Arts Collective
    2501 Bryant Street,
    San Francisco, CA 94110*

    Opening: Saturday July 9th, 2011, 7-10 p.m.
    Closing: Sunday, July 24th, 2-5 p.m.
    Gallery Hours: Sun. July 10th, Sat. July 16th, Sun. July 17th, Sat. July 23rd, 2-5 p.m.

  • Tar Sands Exploration Station Word of Mouth Tour Begins!

    Allison Rowe is delighted to announce that beginning May 22, 2011 The Tar Sands Exploration Station will commence its inaugural tour across the United States. Please visit the Tar Sands Exploration station link featured on the menu of Rowe's website to get further details and updates.

  • Tar Sands Exploration Station @ CCA MFA Exhibition

    The TSES officially opens!

    After two years of hard work, reading and art making Allison has completed her MFA in Social Practice at California College of the Arts. Join her and her classmates at the 2011 MFA Thesis Exhibition. Allison's interactive sculpture, The Tar Sands Exploration Station is on display in the main entrance to the show.

    Opening Reception
    Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6–10 pm
    Exhibition hours: May 12–21 10 a.m.– 7:30 p.m. daily
    1111 8th St San Francisco CA

  • Carbonic Maple Leave @ Gallery 1313 in Toronto

    Allison has two of works included in the Eco Art Exhibition at Gallery 1313 in Toronto. The show features a range of artists responding to environmental concerns and issues.

    Gallery 1313
    1313 Queen St. West
    Toronto , On M6K 1L8

    Opening Reception : March 17th, 6-9pm
    The show is up until March 27, 2011.

  • Why You Should Care About Canada @ Cranbrook Academy of Art

    Allison Rowe is an invited presenter at the Contemporary Connections Symposium Saturday January 29, 2011 at Cranbrook Academy of Art located just 30 minutes outside of Detroit.

    Rowe's lecture, "Why You Should Care About Canada" will be followed by a short panel discussion with other presenters discussing the relationship of place and identity.

  • Self-Imposed Residency in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

    Allison Rowe is on a self-imposed residency in the booming oil community of Fort McMurray Alberta from August 8 - 27th, 2010. If you are in the area and wish to participate in any of her site specific interventions, sample gathering exercises or even just get coffee please get in touch with her via the contact portion of the website.

  • To 2050 @ Subtle Technologies Festival

    The interactive artwork 'To 2050' bill be presented at the Subtle Technologies Festival.

    June 4 - 6 all day long at Innis Hall located in the heart of the University of Toronto campus on St George St.

    For more information on this event please see:

  • The Whole Ball Works @ Mildred's Lane with Brian Conley

    Allison Rowe and Brian Conley will be giving a presentation entitled 'The Whole Ball Works' at Mildred's Lane, an artist residency located in the Upper Delaware River Valley Region.

    May 30, 2010

  • Tar Sands Exploration Station in Too Cool for School: Art & Science Fair

    Come visit Allison and many other artist/scientists at the 2010 Too Cool for School: Art & Science Fair.

    Harbourfront Centre
    Saturday, November 13, 2010 -
    Sunday, January 02, 2011
    York Quay Centre

  • William's Family Emergency Shelter @ CCA Graduate Open Studios

    On April 4, 2010, Allison and her fellow graduate students at California College of the Arts will open up their doors to welcome the public into their studios.

    Please stop by and see Allison's latest sculpture, "Williams Family Global Warming Shelter" in the Hooper 1 complex. Maps of studio locations will be available at each building entrance.

    When: Sunday, April 4, 2010, 12–5 pm
    Where: CCA San Francisco Campus, 1111 Eighth St

  • Mapping the Coast Website to go live April 8, 2010

    In less than two weeks the full Mapping the Coast website will go live. This site makes use of the images and experiences Allison had while in Haiti to speak about factors that have and will affect this nation.