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A Bit about me

Rebekah Lowell is an author/illustrator with a curiosity for the natural world. Growing up in a house built by her father, surrounded by a field of wildflowers, combined with being homeschooled, provided the space she needed to draw and make up stories while sitting in the crooks of trees. In 2004, Rebekah earned her BFA in Illustration from The Rhode Island School of Design and in 2019 she earned her MFA in Children’s Literature and Illustration from Hollins University. Her artwork has won the Maine Duck Stamp contest three times and is collected throughout the US and Canada. Her middle grade novel in verse, THE ROAD TO AFTER, will be out with Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House in the spring of 2022. She is also a 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 recovery. When not in her studio, you can find her outside 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

Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, 2019

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

Children’s Librarian, McArthur Public Library

Critique Group Leader, 2018, 2019

12 x 12 Member, 2018, 2019

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

PRESS and Interviews

Publishers Weekly, Rights Report: Week of April 29, 2019

How I Got My Agent, 12x12 with Julie Hedlund

Hollins University Illustration Portfolio

Janklow & Nesbit Illustrator Page

 

Volunteer

12 x 12 Illustration Elf, 2019

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