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Sandra Lee Gully Lowrance
Sandra Lee Gully Lowrance (August 4, 1949-May 26, 2002) earned her undergraduate degrees from Stephens College and The University of Tennessee, and her Masters degree in Visual Design from North Carolina State University. Her creative work included art direction and design for Lynn Parker and Associates, W.R. Grace, Harding & Robinson, and The University of Memphis. Sandy came back to Memphis in 1985 to join the Art Department at Memphis State University. She became acting Chair of the Art Department in 1999, then Assistant Chair until her death. “Sandy won several ADDY awards for her print design work over the years. Last year she received an Excellence Award from the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) for her exceptional design of university publications and promotional materials. She also co-curated the exhibition “Word as Image,” recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) for its excellence. And her impressive painted collages were exhibited at Arts in the Park. Her research interests included interactive media design, focusing primarily on interactive learning. She designed an exquisite CD-ROM for young learners titled “Izzy Bombus.” And her latest interactive project brought the work and personalities of self-taught artists to life on screen through a Tennessee Humanities Council funded collaboration with Dr. Carol Crown. Sandy served her colleagues, students, local and national design communities as a valued mentor, teacher, and gifted artist. For over a decade she directed the growth and evolution of the U of M’s graphic design undergraduate and graduate programs. Her commitment to her students, and her standards of excellence in design education, garnered respect for the program from far and wide. She was a quiet leader who, more often than not, led by an example of total professionalism and tender support of all us who now greatly miss her Colleagues and friends of Sandy Lowrance are purchasing a paver in Sandy’s honor that will be placed in the plaza in front of the College of Communication and Fine Arts Building on the U of M campus.