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About

Rebekah Lowell grew up in the house built by her father, surrounded by a field of timothy grass in Biddeford, Maine. She spent her homeschooled childhood outdoors labeling plants in her sketchbook or sitting in the crooks of trees. In 2004, Rebekah earned her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her artwork has won the Maine Duck Stamp contest three times and is collected throughout the US and Canada. Rebekah is an MFA candidate at Hollins University where she studies children’s literature and illustration. She is also an Assistant Children’s Librarian at the McArthur Public Library in her hometown of Biddeford, Maine where she lives with her husband, her daughters, and their three cats. As a survivor of domestic abuse, Rebekah uses her art as a means of recovery. When not in her studio, you can find her reading, writing, eating ice cream, or out exploring with her family, passing on the same wild Maine childhood that she had.

 

Literary Representation: Wendi Gu at Janklow & Nesbit. For all book-related inquiries, please contact Wendi at wgu@janklow.com.

Education

2014-present, MFA candidate, Children's Literature and Illustration, Hollins University

2004 BFA Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design

 

Awards

Gold Scholarship, 12 x 12 Challenge, 2018

NESCBWI Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship, 2017

NESCBWI 4 x 4 Author/Illustrator Mentorship Program with Brian Lies, 2017

Margaret Kates Award in Art, 1st place, Franceilia Butler Conference, Hollins University, 2017

Ruth Sanderson Award, Illustrator's Spotlight, 1st place, Francelia Butler Conference, Hollins University, 2017

Maine Duck Stamp, 1st place, 2017

Maine Duck Stamp, 2nd place, 2016

Maine Duck Stamp, 1st place, 2014

Maine Duck Stamp, 1st place, 2011

 

Experience

Critique Group Leader, 2018

12 x 12 Member, 2018

BIG SUR at Cape Cod Writer's Workshop hosted by Andrea Brown Literary, 2017

NESCBWI Spring Conference 2016, 2017, 2018

Pecha Kucha Night Presenter 2015, 2016, 2017

Art Workshop Instructor, River Tree Arts, 2015, 2016, 2017

Member SCBWI, since 2014

Critique Group Member 2015-2017

ArtWalk Artist, since 2014

 

Volunteer

Cochair, Francelia Butler Conference Hollins University, 2017

NESCBWI Spring Conference, Portfolio Showcase Check-In/Check-Out, 2017

Art Committee Cochair, Francelia Butler Conference, 2016

NESCBWI Spring Conference Front Desk Check-in/Check-Out, 2016

Maine Duck Stamp Judge, 2012, 2015, 2018