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Lucas Antony Cowan Biography, Curatorial Images and Resume

Lcowan1980@gmail.com / 773.401.7939


Lucas Antony Cowan Bio Lucas Antony Cowan serves as Public Art Program Director for the Maryland State Arts Council, through its Department of Business and Economic Development, a principal Department of the State of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, and Curator of Exhibits for Millennium Park Inc., in Chicago IL. In 2005, MPI invited Cowan to coordinate the large-scale installations in Millennium Parks prestigious outdoor Boeing Galleries. In 2006, Cowan created the Family Fun Festival, located in Millennium Park, which is a 13-week festival; curated with Chicago’s popular museums and cultural organizations. Prior to his position with the City of Chicago, he served as Director of Pre-College Programming for the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. During his tenure with Millennium Park he has curated and installed such large scale exhibition as Mark di Suvero/Millennium Park, A Conversation with Chicago: Contemporary Sculptures from China, Studio Translations: The Maquettes of Yvonne Domenge, Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge and today new work by the renowned ceramist and sculptor Jun Kaneko. In 2010 he was named Senior Curator of Exhibits for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, where he curated, designed and installed COTC’s largest and longest running exhibit, Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection. Cowan most recently helped the state of Maryland pass legislation, requiring all new state construction, to include Public Art in their design and construction, adding Maryland to 23 other states and the District of Columbia to the list of state public art programs. A Detroit native, Mr. Cowan attended Chippewa Valley High School, and later attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where he studied Fiber and Material Studies. He also attended the Master’s program in Arts Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL. Mr. Cowan was a founding member of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Junior Board, and received the Sydney Lake Memorial Award in Leadership in 2003.


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Millennium Park Curatorial Images o Mark di Suvero/Millennium Park o Museum of Modern Ice: Paintings Below Zero o A Conversation with Chicago: Contemporary Sculpture from China o Interconnected: Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge o Legends, Myths and Truths: Jun Kaneko

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Chicago Cultural Center Curatorial Images o Studio Translations: Maquettes of Yvonne Domenge o Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection

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Millennium Park Family Fun Festival

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Resume


Mark di Suvero / Millennium Park 2006 – 2007 Artist website: www.spacetimecc.com Links to online articles: Chicago Tribune – March 16, 2007 Chicago Tribune – April 16, 2007


Orion, 2007 53’ x 28’ steel


Johnny Appleseed, 1989 – 1993 steel, steam shovels 23’ x 22’


Shang, 1985 25’ x 19’ steel


Yoga, 1991 29’ x 31’ steel


Rust Angel, 1995 9’ x 15’ steel, wood planks


Museum of Modern Ice: Paintings Below Zero Artist: Gordon Halloran 2008 Artist website: www.paintingsbelowzero.com Links to online articles: Press Release Blog Chicago Tribune – January 27, 2008 Chicago Tribune – February 01, 2008

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Paintings Below Zero, 2008 95’ x 13’ water, ice, vegetable dye, steel structure, glycol


A Conversation with Chicago: Contemporary Sculptures from China 2008 – 2009 Links to online articles: Chicago Art Magazine – May 5, 2010 Chicago Tribune – April 09, 2009

Featuring: Shen Shaomin www.shenshaomin.com Sui Jianguo www.suijianguo.com Chen Wenling www.chenwenling.com Zhan Wang www.zhanwangart.com


Kowtow Pumps, 2006 Shen Shaomin 60’ x 16’ steel, aluminum, electronics


Windy City Dinosaur, 2009 Sui Jianguo 20’ x 16’ steel


Valiant Struggle #11, 2007 Chen Wenling 18’ x 9’ cast steel, resin, gold leaf


Jia Shan Shi No. 46, 2005 Zhan Wang 18’ x 8’ hammered stainless steel


Interconnected: Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge 2010-2012 Artist website: www.domenge.com Links to online articles:

ABC7 News – April 6, 2011 Chicago Sun Times – April 6, 2011 Chicago Tribune – March 29, 2011 Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park – December 11, 2012

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Tabachin Ribbon, 2010 14 ⊘ steel


Coral Sphere, 2010 8⊘ steel


Wind Waves, 2010 13 ⊘ steel


Tree of Life and Khan II, 2010 13’ x 10’ 9’ x 3’ steel


Legends, Myths and Truths: Jun Kaneko 2013 Artist website: www.junkaneko.com Links to online articles: City Of Chicago Press Release Raymond Boyd – Photographer


Tanuki, 2013 6’ x 3’ ceramic, glaze


Dangos, 1993 -1995 various dimensions ceramic, glaze


Studio Translations: Maquettes of Yvonne Domenge Chicago Cultural Center 2010

Often referencing the natural world, Yvonne Domenge’s work reveals a fascination with form and geometry. Her large spheres defy gravity and space, conveying a rhythmic beauty and the sense of a larger universal order. Coinciding with Mexico's 2010 bicentennial celebrations, the models, drawings, and maquettes will preview the monumental sculptures to be installed in Millennium Park this spring and illustrate the complex behind-the-scenes process that goes into each work. This exhibition is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Millennium Park, in cooperation with Millennium Park, Inc., and is sponsored by The Boeing Company and CONACULTA (The National Council for the Arts and Culture), with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Consulate General of Mexico.


Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection Chicago Cultural Center Yates Gallery and Exhibit Hall 2011 This groundbreaking exhibition, one of the Chicago Cultural Center's largest to date, highlights over five hundred artworks and other artifacts from the personal collection of Chicago-based collector Richard Harris. Amassed over several decades, Harris's collection explores the iconography of death across cultures and traditions spanning nearly six thousand years, and includes works by some of the greatest artists of our time

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Millennium Park Family Fun Festival 2006 – Present The Family Fun Festival started at Millennium Park in 2006. Everyday beginning June through September from 10am – 3pm, free family performers and hands-on activities fill the Family Fun Tent. Since its inception, numbers of visitors have grown from 20,000 the first year to over 500,000 last year. Family Fun Performance Stage: Start your morning with Wiggleworms® instructors from the Old Town School of Folk Music as they lead young children in sing-alongs, circle dances and games. Chill out with story time during the Reading Circle then move to the grooves with live music and dance from some of the most notable names in local and regional entertainment. Family Fun Activity Zone: Take part in interactive activities and projects throughout the dat led by the area’s favorite museums and cultural organizations. The weekly-rotating series includes plenty of sights, sounds and tastes for all visitors, from making colorful Pop-inspired creations with the Art Institute of Chicago to crafting green inspirations with the Lurie Garden.


Lucas Antony Cowan

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Baltimore, MD 21224

Baltimore, MD 21230

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Professional Experience: Department of Business and Economic Development – State of Maryland / Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore MD. Director of Public Art Programs June 12 – Present   

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Works closely with an appointed Maryland Commission on Public Art, and other sub committees, and elected officials. Establishes project goals and priorities. Develops and reviews policy procedures and guidelines related to the acquisition and placement of public art work, maintenance and de-accessioning of the public art collection. Administers projects for public and private entities including: overseeing the selection, development and orientation of selection panels. Creates and implements processes for competitions or commissions for public art including marketing and publicizing opportunities to artists. Serves as liaison between the Arts Council, artist, clients, architects, panelists, contractors and regulatory official s needed in project review. Researches, identifies and seeks new and alternative funding sources for public art programs. Prepares grants and proposals. Responsible for public education efforts including interfacing with the media, making public presentations about the program and other public art opportunities. Serves as active member of the Americans for the Arts PAN network.

Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture / Millennium Park ., Chicago, IL. Senior Curator of Exhibits Aug 05 – Present Curatorial 

Legends, Myths and Truths: Jun Kaneko - April 2013 – November 2013 - Featuring new works by the Master Ceramicist Jun Kaneko Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection - January 2012 – June (Exhibit Hall / Yates Gallery) - Featuring close to 1,000 pieces of fine art and artifacts exploring the Theme of Death in 14,000 sq. ft. of gallery space. Interconnected the Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge - April 2011 - October 2012


Featured 5 large scale sculptures from the famed Mexican Sculptor Yvonne Domenge - Extensive international curation and travel Studio Translations: The Maquette’s of Yvonne Domenge - November 2010 – January 2011 (CCC) - Featured the maquette’s and drawings from Domenge’s studio in Mexico City A Conversation with Chicago: Contemporary Sculptures from China - April 2009 – October 2010 - North and South Boeing Galleries - Featuring artwork by four of China’s leading Sculpture’s (Sui Jianguo, Zhan Wang, Chen Wenling and Shen Shaomin) - Extensive international curation and travel overseas Chicago’s Winter Picnic: Small Town Hospitality in the Big City (Chicago 2009 Winter Tourism Initiative) - February 2009 – March 2009 - North, Central and South Promenades - Featuring the artwork of John McCutcheon and contemporary Chicago graphic illustrators and artists - Includes a month long series of music, culinary, dance, theater and family programming. Museum of Modern Ice featuring Paintings Below Zero (Chicago 2008 Winter Tourism Initiative) - February 2008 – March 2008 - Central Chase Promenade - Featuring a 95’ x 12’ multi colored ice wall by Canadian artist Gordon Halloran. Mark di Suvero/ Millennium Park - April 2007 – April 2008 - North and South Boeing Galleries - 5 large scale sculptures by the abstract expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero In Search of Paradise: Great Gardens of the World - June 2006 – October 2006 - North and South Boeing Galleries - 106 Large Scale Photographs (56” x 48”) telling the story of modern garden design. Featuring the photographic work of the world’s greatest garden photographers. -

 Coordination and management of all logistical aspects for load in / load out of Visual Arts Exhibitions including shipping, insurance and technical issues and artists contracts.  Hire, manage and coordinate all temporary exhibition staff and contracted service employees.  Curatorial duties include artwork selection, artist studio visits (both nationally and internationally), conceptual dictation and brochure and signage design.  Act as Visual Arts Liaison between Millennium Park Inc., the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.  Act as creative lead on Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture’s winter initiatives, including all curation, program and installation aspects.  Lead project manager of Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival, a 13-week festival featuring Chicago’s leading art, music and science based institutions.  Conduct research and create a visual artist database for potential exhibitions.  Oversee design aspects pertaining to visual aspects in the park, including, working alongside Millennium Park Inc., Board of Directors on special projects and events.


 Work alongside the Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, writing rules, regulations and policies related to the Boeing Galleries and other parts of the Park where visual art would be placed.  Manage all aspects of City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Millennium Park and Millennium Park Inc.’s archive in connection with the Harold Washington Public Library.  Buyer and Visual Designer for the Shop at the Cultural Center store located in the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Manage special projects through Millennium Park Inc. as needed. Maryland Institute College of Art, Pre-College Program. Program Director. MD, May 05 – Aug 05  Coordinate alongside Director of Special Programs and MICA Office of Residential Life to ensure the residential experience for the Pre-College participants is positive.  The hiring, scheduling and supervision of the program staff (Assistant Director, Teaching Assistants – Resident Counselor (TARC), Desk Assistants)  Manage and field all questions related to facilities and staffing for the residential aspect of the Pre-College Program  Develop and implement a full calendar of extra-curricular activities for students, including evening and weekend hours.  The coordination and linkage of the activity program with the academic program  The coordination of regular communication among instructors, TARC’s and Assistant Director.  Liaison with the Office of Continuing Education, MICA support staff and parents on all aspects of the program. Maryland Institute College of Art Pre-College Program, Assistant Director of Residential Life, MD. May 04 – Aug 04  Work along side with the Director of Special Programs, Pre-College Program Director, and Office of Residence Life to ensure a safe and positive residential experience for PreCollege participants  Schedule and manage residential staff  Enforce Pre-College program policies, rules and regulations  Field questions and handle issues related to facilities and staffing for the residential aspect of the program  Serve as liaison between Teaching Assistants/Residential Counselors (TARC’s), the Program Director and MICA’s Office of Residential Life Education: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago IL. 2003-2005  Masters of Arts in Arts Administration Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD. 1999-2003  Bachelor of Fine Art – Fibers / Material Studies  Cum Laude Internships/


Externships:  Department of Cultural Affairs: Millennium Park, Chicago, IL. Graduate Intern. Jan 2005June 2005  Teaching Assistant, Basic Weaving/School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fall Semester 04.  Studio Assistant, Anne Wilson, Chicago IL. Summer 2001  Studio Assistant, Louise Wheatley, Baltimore MD. Spring 2000 Honors/Boards  Sidney Lake Memorial Award in Leadership 2003  AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Junior Board (Founding Member)

Lucas Antony Cowan - Bio, Curatorial Images and Resume  

Lucas Antony Cowan - Bio, Curatorial Images and Resume