Art by Academics (and Friends) is a creative watercolor painting project started by amateur artist, scientist and Boston University faculty member Laura Lowery.
In 2021, Laura Lowery Boston University Faculty Member and Biomedical Studies Scientist added a new title to her list of personal identities: amateur artist. But if she is honest about the experience, Lowery never set out to become an artist. She still doesn’t even consider herself to be a painter today, even though creating colorful watercolor paintings is the basis of her project Art by Academics. It all started when Lowery decided to paint watercolor as a form of stress relief. With no clear plans for her creative pieces, the Scientist began by creating abstract designs. The process quickly became therapeutic in nature and she realized, with her own experience as a study, that there is deep importance and value in having a creative outlet. Enjoying the benefits of the process, Lowery invited friends and colleagues in academia to participate in the creative therapeutic process of watercolor painting. And Art by Academics (and Friends) was born….
Art by Academics (and Friends) is a creative project launched by Laura Lowery. A happy accident, Art by Academics was born out of Lowery’s own experience in embracing the creative process of watercolor as a form of stress relief. The core of Art by Academics is right in the name: the creative projects are all created by “non-artists.” (Or at least academic professionals and scientific individuals who might not have realized they maintained any artistic abilities at all…) Through the process of creating watercolor paintings, Lowery and her academic turned amateur artist colleagues embrace a world where science and expression collide.