In 2006, Rowe received a bachelor’s degree in photography from X University in Toronto. Rowe went on to earn a master of fine arts degree in social practice from California College of the Arts in 2011 and a doctorate in art education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021.
Throughout her career, Rowe has been a teaching artist, a museum educator and a post-secondary instructor at a variety of organizations. Most recently, she instructed postgraduate courses in art education and community engagement at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada.
Rowe says she is passionate about supporting people in having meaningful experiences making, teaching, looking at, and thinking about art. She was drawn to Iowa because of the interdisciplinary scholarship and the robust teacher education program. She was also pulled to the college because of the Art Education program that mirrors her own investment in teaching-artistry and pedagogy as a form of art practice.
“I am thrilled to be a part of such a great collegial community at a leading public institution,” Rowe says.
Professionally, Rowe is most proud of her projects that have offered children avenues for exploring environmental issues through community-engaged art projects.
Rowe decided to teach because of her love of working with students.
“I get so much joy from supporting preservice teachers in crafting their voices as educators,” Rowe says.