Devon Nowlin is a Fort Worth native who holds a BFA from the University of North Texas (2004) and an MFA from Texas Christian University (2011). Primarily known for her figurative paintings, Nowlin is currently creating a body of work informed by mid-twentieth century American history, vernacular photography, and nostalgia. She also creates artwork in a wide range of media including textiles, small sculpture, and photography that are meant to enhance connections and encourage fresh perspectives in our experiences with her paintings.

 

Recent exhibition include "Casual Luxury Complex" at Artspace 111, "Don't Deny Your Heart" at Stephen F. Austin State University, and "Cult of Personality" at David Shelton Gallery, Houston. Nowlin has taught at TCU, The Modern, and the Rachofsky Warehouse and is currently the Assistant Registrar at the Amon Carter Museum. Nowlin is a co-founding member of the Fort Worth-based art collective HOMECOMING! Committee, whose exhibitions include "Friskt kopplat, halfen brunnet" (Quickly connected, half burned) for the 2013 Texas Biennial and "Post Communique" at the Dallas Museum of Art. Her public works include "Trailing the Trinity," commissioned by Fort Worth Public Art for the Clearfork Main Street Bridge and the "Look Book Fort Worth" photographic series for the Westbend development on University Drive.

 

Education

2011 MFA, Painting, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

2004 BFA magna cum laude, Painting and Drawing, University of North Texas, Denton, TX Selected

 

Exhibitions

2017

  • Still LIfe, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX Grand Studio: Fort Worth Art Collectives 1990 - 2015. Art Corridor II, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
  • Preservation is the Art of the City, Fort Worth Community Art Center

2016

  • (Solo) Don’t Deny Your Heart, Griffith Gallery, Stephen F Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
  • Nature’s First Green is Gold, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX

2015

  • (Solo) Casual Luxury Complex, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX
  • (Solo) Strange Bedfellows, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX
  • Cult of Personality, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
  • Garage Gallery, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Place and Identity, deadWEST, Lakeside, TX

2014

  • Two Pad Stack: Timothy Harding and Devon Nowlin, 500X, Dallas, TX
  • Auto-biography, WoCA Projects, Fort Worth,TX
  • co I action: Group exhibition with work in collaboration with Margaret Meehan, 500X, Dallas, TX

2013

  • Go Figure, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX
  • (Solo) Relationship Status, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • (Solo) Between You and Me, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX
  • Art Center 10 Invitational, Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth, TX

2012

  • lol, brb: A Survey of American Artists Age 28-32 in Zip Code 76107, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, TX
  • Preservation is the Art of the City, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

2011

  • MFA Thesis Exhibition, I was never here, Moudy Gallery, Texas Christian University, FW, TX
  • The Hand That Feeds Me: TCU/MFA, 500X, Dallas, TX
  • Transmission, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, TX

Professional Experience

  • 2016-present, Assistant Registrar, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
  • 2016 Lecturer, Artist’s Eye, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
  • 2015-16 Adjunct Professor, Art Professions Seminar, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
  • 2015 Artist in Residence, Franz Mayer Architectural Glass/Mosaic Studio, Munich, DE Instructor, Rachofsky Warehouse Summer Program (Sculpture, high school), Dallas, TX Instructor, Kimbell Art Museum Teen Artist Workshop (Painting, high school), FW, TX
  • 2014-15 Artist in Residence, TCC Southeast Campus Fine Arts Department, Arlington, TX
  • 2014 Adjunct Professor, Senior Exhibitions Seminar, Texas Christian University, FW, TX Instructor, Art Camp
  • 2014, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Painting, age 12-14) Guest Lecturer, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX Panel Participant, “State of the Arts,” Dallas Museum of Art and KERA, Dallas, TX
  • 2013-14 Interim Curator, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, TX
  • 2012 Instructor, “Freudian Techniques,” Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Art Study (high school) Instructor, Professional Development Teacher’s Workshop, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • 2011-2016 Manager of Gallery Operations, The Art Galleries at TCU, Texas Christian University, FW, TX

Public Commissions

  • 2015 Look Book Fort Worth, Westbend retail development, University Dr and River Run Dr, Fort Worth,TX. Five large-scale photographic murals installed outdoors. Commissioned by Trademark Property, installed December2015.
  • 2013 Trailing the Trinity, Clearfork Main Street Bridge Mural. Implemented the design, fabrication, and installation of a large-scale mural for the Clearfork Main St Bridge and managed the fabrication of a second adjacent mural, Oxbow Traces, by Tommy Fitzpatrick.
  • 2008 Chickering Road Curb Enhancement Mosaic. 6800-6900 block of Chickering Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116. Designed two mosaics installed October 16, 2008. Commissioned by Fort Worth Public Art. Budget $4,100

Collaborative projects as co-founding member of Homecoming! Committee: www.homecomingcommittee.com

  • 2014 The Eagle Has Landed, Various Fort Worth public locations (recreation of Alexander Calder’s sculpture The Eagle), February 10 - 15, 2014
  • McGuffin, And X Artspace, Fort Worth, TX, November 8, 2013 - January 18, 2014 2013
  • Friskt kopplat, halfen brunnet (Quickly connected, half burned), Texas Biennial 2013, Dallas/San Antonio, TX, September 5 - November 9, 2013 (TX 13 Catalogue)
  • Post Communique, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, July 18 - August 19, 2012
  • Hands on an Art Body, Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, TX, May 19, 2012
  • 2011 Launch Party, Fort Worth, TX, December 5, 2011