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Why Carbon Mouse Studios? 

The following story shares an experience I had as a student. Although it recounts a brief interaction, it remains a powerful memory. I believe the experience speaks to all of us, ultimately, but is especially significant to art majors, because it is about the nature of expectation.
I was in graduate school and was completing a series of drawings. While I was in the painting studio examining the images with my professor (a highly regarded painter in Boston) I saw a crowd of undergraduate students waiting in the school’s atrium. Twice a year at the Museum School students go through a review board process; it was review board time and the tension and anticipation were palpable.  A letter grade system is not used at the school in either the undergraduate program or graduate program; soon only two outcomes were possible. Students would pass based on what they presented to the faculty or they would fail. One often-recounted story was why American film director, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, etc.) was kicked out. 
Making quality art can be perplexing to both the artist and the audience viewing the work. I wanted to create a concise 24/7 location devoted to assembling content-rich, meaningful visual art for the public. Something not only new but unique as its value is placed where both the interests of the audience and artist meet, overlap, inform, influence and support each other. It features studio interviews, podcasts, feedback sessions, gallery pages and informative, clearly written text.

It is exciting for me as CMS grows more connected to my documentary. Post film, viewere will invited to participate in a friendly, informative and occasionally, public forum, and can easily follow the trajectory and development of artist’s work over an extended period of time.  


.... I’m a Midwest native; I grew up with a blue post office box at the end of my street and a Settergren hardware store a block away in the southwest corner of Minneapolis.

After earning my BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), I left for Boston. I completed my Graduate work at Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston, MA.

I have truly enjoyed the work I’ve done for nearly twenty years as an art juror, a conference speaker on best practice theories in the fine arts, and as faculty in several art departments, including, thirteen years at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, at St Olaf College, and currently, since 2007, at Gustavus College in St Peter, MN.

You can view examples of my recent drawings on this site and at the Viewing Program, Drawing Center, NYC. I have exhibited nationally, including solo shows at Bradford Gallery in San Francisco, Harvard University, and many local venues, including, Thomson Gallery and Flanders Contemporary Art. Group exhibitions include diverse locations such as the Salvation Army, film screenings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Boston Museum School and the NYC public school system. My work is in private and public collections, including the Louvre Museum, Paris, France, where a video I co-directed is in their visual education permanent collection. The film project for the Louvre Museum will also soon be located on this site.

I look forward to hearing what you have to say,


Kristen Lowe

Creator and Founder, Carbon Mouse Studios

Faculty, Department of Studio Art and Art History

Gustavus Aldolphus College

Photos courtesy of Anna Albrecht