Dr. Rachel Brown Fowler is a visual artist and cannot imagine her life without art.
Reoccurring themes in her work include past experiences, thoughts, and dreams. Her
preferred mediums include photography, print making, India ink, and mixed media.
Dr. Fowler's first serious work began with telling a story about her parents. She
began by photographing their hands and cherished objects around their home. Her
work has included memories from her childhood, travel experiences, gardening, and
even death. To her, art has been a form of powerful expression, and yet at the same
time, a form of subtle expression.
Some of Dr. Fowler's recent exhibitions and honors include being awarded first place
in printmaking at the 2010 Shelby County Art Council's juried exhibit. She participated
in the 2009 Telfair Art Fair, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA. Dr. Fowler was
the guest speaker at High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, in association with the exhibit,
Dream Makers: American Children’s Book Illustrators, January, 1993. Her photographic
essay, Fences in Our Lives: From Birth to Death, traveled to six Alabama towns along
with Between Fences, the Museum on Main Street. These exhibits were a partnership
of the Smithsonian Institution and the Alabama Humanities Council 2006.
Dr. Fowler served on the members board of the Birmingham Museum of Art for two terms.
She currently serves on the board of the Shelby County Arts Council as an advisor.
Dr. Fowler is past president of Arts and Humanities Council of Shelby County. Other
achievements include developer and director of "Art in the Park," for the children
of Shelby County, AL. In the past, she served as coordinator of the art and humanities
programs in eleven elementary schools, seven middle schools, and seven high schools.
Dr. Fowler is a professor emeritus in the University of Montevallo, College of Education,
and lives in Columbiana, with her husband, attorney Conrad M. Fowler, Jr. They have
two adult children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Fowler is Secretary of the Council and Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee. Previously, she served as Chair of the Council's Grants Review Committee.