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Artist and 2014 MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe returns to his native Alabama this January as the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts' spring 2015 Breeden Scholar in Residence. With formal training in the visual arts, Lowe has worked for the past 20 years both inside and outside art-world institutions by participating in exhibitions and developing community-based art projects.

Lowe will give a public talk Thursday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m. on "Social and Community Engaged Art: The Genuine and the Artificial" in the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art followed by a reception. Galleries will remain open until 8 p.m. The Museum Café will be open and Cullars Improvisational Rotation will provide live jazz. RSVPs online are encouraged.

Lowe was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted $625,000 fellowships, sometimes referred to as "genius grants," to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.

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