Documentary film about Truman Lowe wins regional Emmy


A short film that honors the legacy of artist and UW–Madison professor Truman Lowe has been awarded a regional Emmy.

Photo of Truman Lowe
Truman Lowe

The film, “Exploring the Artistic Process of Truman Lowe: A Journey Through Native American Art & Education,” spotlights Lowe’s artistic achievements and teaching legacy and was premiered by Discover Wisconsin on April 19.

In November, the film was recognized for outstanding achievement in the category of Arts/Entertainment Short Form Content at the 65th Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Awards.

“It’s gratifying to know that there are people out there that admire Truman and the work he did so much that they wanted to make a documentary about him,” says Lowe’s daughter, Tania Lowe, in a story published by UW–La Crosse. “We were very supportive, but the real work was done by Casey Brown and Rob Reider of the Ho-Chunk Nation, the team at Discover Wisconsin, and Jo Ortel, art historian and author of ‘Woodland Reflections: The Art of Truman Lowe.’”

Speaking of the film, Brett Rolstad, a producer, director, and writer for Discover Mediaworks, says, “It’s been very well received, especially by the Ho-Chunk Nation where it’s a tremendous point of pride, not just winning the Emmy, but to have a Ho-Chunk artist celebrated.”

Rolstad adds: “Truman’s art was centered around and inspired by their culture and history. Truman touched and influenced a great number of lives, and the recognition of that is very important.” 

Lowe graduated from UW–La Crosse in 1969 and became a world-renowned artist and sculptor. The university’s center for the arts was renamed the Truman T. Lowe Center for the Arts in his honor in Oct. 2022.

Lowe joined the UW–Madison School of Education’s Art Department in 1975 and was promoted to full professor in 1989. In 2007 the Wisconsin Arts Board honored Lowe with its Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2008 he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

“Exploring the Artistic Process of Truman Lowe” is available via YouTube and Vimeo.

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