Postcards from a Pandemic Series

Timothy McDowell
April 29, 2020

Timothy McDowell (b. 1953) grew up in Texas and received an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in 1981. He exhibits nationally and internationally in galleries, museums and biennials, including the Nicolaysen Museum of Art, Casper, WY, The Museum of Modern Art of Jacksonville, FL, the Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ, the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, the 5th Cuenca Biennial of Painting, Cuenca, Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea (Florence, Italy). Collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art Print and Drawing collection, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, The New Mexico Museum of Art, The Tucson Museum of Art, among others. Timothy McDowell resides in Noank, Connecticut, and has been an instructor at Connecticut College since 1981.


Ultimately art making involves us in an ever-expanding investigation of topics, subjects, philosophies, sciences and numerous other paths of influence and especially other art. Since all things are in some way connected and interdependent, no real boundary exists to prohibit venturing from one category into another, especially if a connection across a boundary is revealed in the quest. Defying my nature or tendency of trial and exploration on creating images would be a contradiction. My obligation is to keep exploring boundaries that somehow encircle the subject and thereby define it. … recently I have shifted my attention to emblematic objects, which, decontextualized from their familiar settings, lead viewers to imagine new worlds. My work now has no boundaries for practice or process. I think either this methodology has come about because of my teaching, or it has come about because I love to teach things that cater to my passion for process.

"Postcards from a Pandemic" is brought to you by Marcia Wood Gallery in the hopes of keeping people connected to the transformative and hopeful power of art and the importance of artists' work during the Covid19 Pandemic.