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Richard Alexander Lou

Richard Alexander Lou

Richard Alexander Lou

Richard Alexander Lou was born in San Diego, Calif. and was raised there and in Tijuana, Mexico. Lou grew up in a biracial family which was spiritually and intellectually guided by an anti-colonialist Chinese father and a culturally affirming Mexicana mother. Lou received his A.A. in Art in 1981 from Southwestern College in California; a B.A. in Fine Art in 1983 from California State University at Fullerton; and a Master of Fine Art in 1986 from Clemson University.

Lou has over 30 years of teaching experience in higher education and over 25 years of arts administration experience as Chair at three different institutions of higher education. He has curated more than 30 exhibitions and continues to produce and exhibit art, while teaching and chairing the Department of Art at the University of Memphis.

As a Chicano artist, the consistent theme he has explored is the subjugation of his community by the dominant culture and white privilege.

Lou has exhibited extensively in venues in the U.S. and around the world, including “Stories on My Back,” a 2016 installation in Clemson’s Lee Gallery.

His art work has been published and/or cited in various newspapers, magazines, catalogs, electronic media, and over 40 scholarly books that include the newly released The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Popular Culture, edited by Frederick Aldama 2016; Born of Resistance: Cara a Cara Encounters with Chicana/o Visual Culture, edited by Victor Sorell and Scott Baugh, University of Arizona Press 2015; War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art, edited by Laura Kina and Wei Ming Dariotis, Washington Press 2013; and Arte: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000, El Museo Del Barrio, NY, NY, edited by Deborah Cullen 2008.