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visual arts and contemporary exhibitionary practice



Brook Bower is currently focusing her energy on exhibitionary practice and project management through exhibition design to identify innovative solutions to further exhibitions - a core function of today’s art institutions. Exhibitions offer a powerful means of communication to transmit knowledge of objects for interpretation by increasingly sophisticated audiences.   She has successfully organized and produced over 213 exhibitions. Her exhibition projects have ranged from large scale, multi-partnered, international exhibitions to solo exhibitions.  


Bower's professional activities include gallery management, exhibition design, project management, collections management, exhibition curation, art competition management, along with consultation on framing design and production. She has served on multiple committees that concentrate on community enhancement utilizing the visual arts. Bower served as the assistant curator, administrator and acting registrar for the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, N.C. for over 12 years. As part of her duties she managed the exhibition calendar, spear headed curatorial projects such as the Gallery by Design Project (a project focusing on expanding artist opportunities for experimentation within the gallery walls through site responsive investigation and installation), and managed national art competitions including the Rosen Sculpture Competition, the Halpert Biennial and the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition.


She received an MA in Visual Arts Administration in September 2013 from New York University Steinhardt. Bower graduated from the 2011 SEMC Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) and in 2001 she earned a BS in Art Management, as well as a BFA in Ceramics from Appalachian State University’s Department of Art.


In addition, Bower is a practicing artist. Her media concentrations include photography, collage, and drawing.  She manipulates these media along with incorporating alternative techniques to create her unique style.

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