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 also explores the relationship of contemporary art to consumer culture and lifestyle marketing through multimedia works including soft sculpture, collected print material, photography, and drawing. Her imagery is informed by notions of gender, the gaze and the inherent experimentation of an artist’s practice.
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.
Born 1979, Fort Worth, TX
Lives and works in Fort Worth, TX
MFA 2011 Texas Christian University, Painting
BFA 2004 University of North Texas, Drawing and Painting
Don’t Deny Your Heart, Griffith Gallery, SFASU, Nacogdoches, TX
Artist’s Eye Lecture Series, Kimbell Art Museum, April 30, 2013
Casual Luxury Complex, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX
Strange Bedfellows, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX
Relationship Status, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
Between You and Me, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX
I was never here, Moudy Gallery, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Selected Group Exhibitions
Pop Up Print Project, Art Tooth, Fort Worth, TX
Nature’s First Green is Gold, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX
Cult of Personality, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
Garage Gallery, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Place and Identity, deadWEST, Lakeview, TX
Art in the Metroplex, Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth, TX
Two Pad Stack: Timothy Harding and Devon Nowlin, 500X, Dallas, TX
co I action: Group exhibition with work in collaboration with Margaret Meehan, 500X, Dallas, TX
Go Figure, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX
lol, brb: A Survey of American Artists Age 28-32 in Zip Code 76107, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, TX
Co-founding member of Homecoming Collective:www.homecomingcommittee.com
Public Art Commissions and Experience
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 December 2015.
2014-15 Water Marker and Bridge Monument Mosaics, Chisohlm Trail Parkway, Fort Worth, TX. Project manager for artist Norie Sato during the final completion and installation of a series of twenty two mosaic murals for the parkway.
2013 Trailing the Trinity, Clearfork Main Street Bridge Mural. Implementted 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. Completed July, 2013.
2013 Regrowth, Fort Worth Crime Lab. Acted as artist’s agent and project manager for Tommy Fitzpatrick, Community ID Public Art Project for the Fort Worth Crime Lab, 3616 E. Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76103
2008 Chickering Road Curb Enhancement Mosaic. 6800-6900 block of Chickering Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116. Designed two mosaics installed October 16, 2008.
2015 Anthony Mariani, “Causal Luxury Complex: Devon Nowlin,” Fort Worth Weekly, May 20, 2015. Exhibition review.
2015 Devon Nowlin, “Social Butterfly with Bite,” Fort Worth Weekly, Feature column authored by Devon Nowlin in interview with Nancy Lamb.
2015 Benjamin Sutton, “Crimes of the Art,” Hyperallergic, April 7, 2015
2015 Christina Rees, “But What About the Gorilla?” Glasstire, Sept 1, 2015
Crimes of the Art by Benjamin Sutton in Hyperallergic
Devon Nowlin's Missing Dog by Eric Griffey in Fort Worth Weekly
MISSING DOG: Not THAT Kind of Dog But an Important One Nonetheless by Christina Rees in Glasstire
Second annual visionary awards by Anthony Mariani in DFW.com
Artists Michelle Brandley, James Lassen and Devon Nowlin shine in group show at Gallery 414 by Gaile Robinson in DFW.com