About Reni Gower
Reni Gower has over 30 years of professional experience in the fine arts. Her work has been showcased internationally in Peru, Korea, Israel, Belgium, England, Moldova, and Moscow. Additional national venues include the McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; Erie Museum of Art, Erie, PA; Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, VA; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN; The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX; and Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA.
Ms. Gower has received numerous grants and awards including a NEA / SECCA Southeastern Artist Fellowship; Virginia Commission for the Arts Project Grants; SECAC Awards of Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Catalog of Contemporary Materials; VCUArts Award of Excellence for Research, Teaching, and Service; VCU Faculty Grants for Curatorial Projects; and two Ford Foundation Grants awarded through Syracuse University. Her work is represented in various collections including the Library of Congress Print Collection; Pleasant Company / Mattel, Inc; the American Embassies in Lima, Peru and Osaka, Japan; Media General, Inc; Capital One; and the Federal Reserve Bank.
Ms. Gower currently resides in Virginia where she is a Professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of the Services to Artists Committee of the College Art Association and serves on the Board of the Southeastern College Art Conference. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts degree from University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.