Exhibitions and Accolades
- 2022 Actual Size Biennial - Group Exhibition - Detroit Contemporary Gallery - 487 West Alexandrine Street, Detroit MI 48201 - Dec. 2022
- Created the mural “Inbound/Outbound Detroit” at Detroit’s convention hall Huntington Place fka Cobo Hall, Feb-Mar, 2020
- Internet Media Art career featured in “Celebrating A Detroit Internet Pioneer Who Started People Talking About The Motor City” -- Deadline Detroit - Feb. 16, 2020.
- 2019 Actual Size Biennial - Group Exhibition - Detroit Culture Club - 487 West Alexandrine Street, Detroit MI 48201 - Dec. 6, 2019
- 2019|2020 Public Art Program - Juried Exhibitor - City of Farmington Hills - Opening January 14, 2019
- "BIG Highland Park Art Show" - Group Exhibition - 333 Midland & Annex Gallery -July 27/28/29 2018.
- "The Heat is On" - Detroit Artist Market Group Exhibition- Jul-Aug 2018
- Splashdown 2017 - Detroit / Mexico simul-webcast Splashdown Parties by MicroPointillist Painters Lowell Boileau & Stephen Goodfellow. Oct. 29, 2017
- Featured Interview in the book "Why Detroit Matters: Decline, renewal and hope in a divided city" [by Brian Doucet ed.] April 2017
- Painting "In God We Trust" featured in (t)here magazine Vol. 16 Oct. 2016
- "The Change We Want to See" - Group Exhibition Detroit Artist Market Sep-Oct 2015
- DetroitYES awarded BEST OF DETROIT 2015 - Detroit MetroTimes - "Best Online Forum for Detroit-based Discussion" 2015
- "Night Show" - Group Exhibition - Detroit Artist Market 2012
- "No Brand Art @ Skipper's Hamtown" - Group Exhibition Hamtramck, MI 2010
- Leading Interview in BBC Documentary Requiem for Detroit 2010
- Michigan State Outdoor 3 Wall Doubles Handball Class Champion - 2010
- Leading interview in TeleQuebec Documentary on Detroit 2009
- 2010 Motorcity Revue - 2010 – Group Exhibition Sisson Art Gallery - Henry Ford College - Dearborn, MI
- Winner Next Detroit Awards "Wesson Street" - Wins $1000 prize 2008
- Video MicroPointillism: Defining a Medium - explains MicroPointillist painting technique - by Nicolas Boileau - 2008
- "Intersections" - Displays Painting "Open House" at inaugural exhibition of Work: Detroit Gallery in Detroit - Sept. 22, 2007
- Recognized as one of the "Best Detroit Artists to Collect" - Hour Magazine - "Best of Detroit Issue" - June 2007
- Recognized as one of Detroit’s Emerging and Established Artists - Crain’s Detroit Business - July 2007
- Panelist - Computers and Writing Conference - Wayne State University - Detroit Blogs - June 2007
- Panelist - Society of Professional Journalists Conference -Detroit Renaissance Center - Detroit Blogosphere - May 2007
- Group Exhibition at Izzy's Raw Art Gallery - Detroit - Sept - Oct 2006
- Michigan State Outdoor 3 Wall Handball Class Champion - Oct 2005
- "Detroit360" - Solo Art Exhibition – Cass Café - Detroit - January - April 2005
- "The Website as Art" - Presentation lecture Communication Studies 478 - Visual Communications University of Michigan Oct. 2004
- DetroitYES.com select as Best Detroit Website by Detroit MetroTimes, Oct. 2003
- DetroitYES.com selected as Best of Detroit website Hour Magazine. Summer 2003
- Presentation Tour of the Ruins of Detroit - University of Michigan 2001 & 2003
- Best of Michigan Website - DetroitYES.com - Detroit Free Press 2003
- DetroitYES.com reader's choice as Best Detroit Website by Detroit MetroTimes, 2002 & 2003
- "The Website as Art" Presentation and projection. Youngstown State University - October 2002
- Projection Presentation "Website as Art" - American Studies Department - Wayne State University - October 2001
- Creates the Discuss Detroit Forum – October 1999.
- Fabulous Ruins Nights - Web art projection / environment presentation - Feb. 2001
- "The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit" named as a Yahoo Pick of the Year for 1998 - January 1999
- Creates "The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit" 1996-1997, first large INTERNET media art website to use the new medium of the website to paint a massive virtual portrait of the international metropolis of Detroit. This later evolves to become the core of DetroitYES.com
- The Website as Art. 1996 to Present.
- Exhibits "Total Intervention", a multimedia interactive work with a website presence, at the Detroit Institute of Arts June - September 1995
- Painting exhibition "Urban Landscapes" at Gruen Gallery, Chicago, IL from September 8 to October 4, 1995
- Creation member of the Michigan Conference of Arts Wire, an online network of Michigan arts organizations
- "Art and Technology" panelist at "Information Superhighway" workshop for Michigan Corporate Grantmakers Ford World HQ, Dearborn 1994
- Creates Website Boileau in 1994, the first fine art website from Detroit
- Awarded Arts Foundation of Michigan grant for electronic art 1993
- Michigan State Outdoor 3-Wall Handball Class Champion - 1992
- Group Exhibition Amerikahaus Gallery June 1992 Berlin, Germany
- Group Exhibition Gallery ACUD June1992 Berlin, Germany
- Exhibits paintings and gives demonstrations of MicroPointillist painting technique in Stuttgart, Berlin, and Halle May - June 1992
- Solo Exhibition Amerikahaus Gallery May 1992 Stuttgart Germany
- Creates a 80 x 2 foot [25 x .6 meter] MicroPointillist painting "Gentle Chaos" on a Stuttgart city bus May - June 1992
- Guest at international art colony Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany May - June 1992
- Painting tour Alsace, France September-October1991
- Organizes and tours with "Detroit Realismus" exhibition Frankfurt, Berlin, Cologne, and Stuttgart, Germany May and June 1990
- Awarded Arts Midwest National Endowment for the Arts grant for painting 1990
- Solo Exhibition Gilman-Gruen Gallery - March 1990 Chicago, Illinois
- Awarded Michigan Council for the Arts grant for painting 1990
- Solo Exhibition Gilman-Gruen Gallery - May 1989 Chicago, Illinois
- Solo Exhibition Gilman-Gruen Gallery - September 1988 Chicago, Illinois
- Solo Exhibition Xochipilli Gallery - October 1986 Birmingham, Michigan
- Awarded a Michigan Council for the Arts creative artist grant 1986
- Dual Exhibition Gilman Gallery - July 1986 Chicago, Illinois
- Painting "Construction Zone" exhibited in "Automobile and Culture" exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts 1986
- Solo Exhibition Six17 Gallery - March 1984 Kalamazoo, Michigan
- Solo Exhibition Xochipilli Gallery - October 1983
- Co-subject of 1983 documentary film on MicroPointillism "Waterworks" produced by Urban Communications of Detroit
- First art exhibition, Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI - June 1980
- Co-developes MicroPointillist painting technique with Stephen Goodfellow 1979
- Eight months of painting in Mexico in various trips in late 1970's through mid 80's
- Sears Delivery Driver 1972-1979
- Quits school, forever, to be an artist 1972
- Seven month journey from Swaziland through Middle East and Europe to US 1971
- U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer teaching woodworking and technical drawing at Salesian High School, Manzini, Swaziland 1968-1970
- Post-graduate studies University of Michigan in intellectual history and political theory 1967-8.
- Graduates Cum Laude with BA Degree in Political Science from Taylor University 1968
- Born: March 6, 1945
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Detroit artist Lowell Boileau is a self-learned PAINTER and INTERNET media artist.
Fine Art PAINTER
He has been recognized as one of the "Best Detroit Artists to Collect" - Hour Magazine 2007 and one of Detroit’s Emerging and Established Artists” - Crain’s Detroit Business 2007. His DetroitYES.com been cited as best Detroit website by Detroit MetroTimes, Detroit Free Press and Hour Magazine.
A three-time Michigan Creative Artist Grant recipient, awarded the Arts Midwest NEA Grant for painting and the Arts America Grant, Boileau has been profiled and reviewed in WIRED, New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Detroit Metro Times, Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachtrichten. He was a co-subject of the 1983 Urban Communications of Detroit documentary Waterworks on his co-created MicroPointillist painting technique and a feature figure in the 2008 BBC Documentary “Requiem for Detroit” 2010.
His paintings have been displayed in exhibitions in the United States and Europe. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan, Burg Giebichenstein - University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany, Wayne State University, and Youngstown State University. He was a guest artist at the international art colony of Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.
He developed the novel Primary Color MicroPointillist painting technique along with fellow artist Stephen Goodfellow that results in uniquely luminescent and richly colorful paintings by using only the three primary colors of yellow, red and blue. Both artists are the subject of the 1983 documentary on the MicroPointillism painting technique, Waterworks, produced by Urban Communications of Detroit.
INTERNET Media Artist
With the arrival of the World Wide Web in 1993, Boileau discovered a new medium for expanding and expressing his Detroit urban landscape painting interest. Described in the 2020 article by Bill McGraw, “Celebrating A Detroit INTERNET Pioneer Who Started People Talking About The Motor City” as “is one artist and documentarian who was a path breaker, a person ahead of his time,” he began by creating the first Detroit online fine art gallery in 1994. Quickly recognizing the immense aesthetic expression potential of the INTERNET, he began creating interactive website art projects. Among those works was the widely recognized “The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit”, now known as the DetroitYES Project.
Ongoing since 1997, the DetroitYES Project [DetroitYES.com] is inspired by the troubled transformation of Detroit from Industrial to Information Age city. In 1999 DetroitYES began hosting the internet's most renowned and sincere discussion forum focused solely on Detroit and its challenges, the Discuss Detroit Forum.
DetroitYES has been honored as a Yahoo Pick of the Year, twice selected as Detroit MetroTimes Reader’s Choice as Best Detroit Website, chosen as a Detroit Free Press Best Website and profiled in many media sources including The New York Times, PBS TV, and Wired magazine. DetroitYES.com attracts over a million visitor sessions per year that pore through its tens of thousands of photographs and pages.
Other web art creations by Lowell Boileau include Soulful Detroit [SoulfulDetroit.com] and The Lost Synagogues of Detroit [Shtetlhood.com].
Before Art Career Background
A Michigan native, Boileau earned BA in Political Science from Taylor University in 1967 after which he served two years teaching at Salesian High School in Manzini, Swaziland as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. He engaged in post-graduate studies at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University in intellectual history and political theory before deciding in 1972 to pursue a career as a fine artist. His travels as a painter have taken him throughout Mexico, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He has worked out of his studios in Highland Park and Farmington, Michigan.
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