Professor of Art, School of Art
BioHaving been educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania and at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel Mexico, Lowry Burgess is an internationally renowned artist and educator who created the first official art payload taken into outer space by NASA in 1989 among his many Space Art works. He is considered one of the few pioneers of the Space Art movement that now has grown to hundreds of artists all over the world.
After the destruction of the Buddhas in Bamiyan, Afghanistan in 2001, he authored the "Toronto Manifesto, The Right to Human Memory" that received worldwide endorsement. One of the provisions of the Manifesto has led to the creation of a new global value/incentive for the protection of cultural sites throughout the world. This new value/incentive is in the process being implemented by UNESCO and the World Bank.