Roots of Revitalization

Social Change Through Action In Pottstown PA

From Pottstown to Carnegie Mellon Dean of Arts! November 3, 2011

Lowry Burgess of Carnegie Mellon

Lowry Burgess of Carnegie Mellon

Lowry Burgess was inducted into the Pottstown High School Hall of Fame on Friday, October 21 during an honorary ceremony at the school auditorium . The program featured a video showcasing the art of Mr. Burgess and some of his lifetime accomplishments which involve his dedicated leadership to revitalizing financially struggling communities through artistic movements.



“He is a Professor of Art and former Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Distinguished Fellow in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. He has founded and administrated many departments and institutions, during his 45 years as an educator in the arts. He has created curricula in the arts and humanities in the US and Europe while serving for twelve years on the National Humanities Faculty.”



After Mr. Burgess was presented with his titular award, entertainment was provided for by the PHS jazz band.
His photo will be displayed in the main hallway at PHS until the induction of next year’s members. After graduating  from PHS, Mr. Burgess attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and then the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked and studied at the artist colony of Instituto Allende in San Miguel Mexico. Mr. Burgess is a world-famous artist and educator, who created a sculptor for NASA in 1989, which is floating in outer space, he is among the first in the medium of Space Art works.

To read more about the life of Mr. Burgess follow these links:

Lowry Burgess PHS Alumni

Lowry Burgess PHS Alumni

Lowry Burgess with his PSD Honorary Hall of Fame Diploma

After the high school program there was a congratulatory luncheon at Brookside  Country Club for Mr. Burgess and his wife Janet,  who has partnered with him, in much of his art activism. The Pottstown High School, student award presenters, were also in attendance at the luncheon.

Pottstown School District Superintendent, Dr. Reed Lindley, PHS Principal
Stephen Rodriguez, and Pottstown School District Director of
Community Relations, Joel Armato were also lunch guests to visit with the

PSD Superintendent Dr. Reed Lindley stated “Inductees to the Pottstown Alumni Honor Roll on Friday were focused and highly motivational to any student or adult interested in improving their lot in life. I was greatly motivated and humbled to share the stage with such a group of winners, doers, and givers. Lowry Burgess highlights what can happen when talent is combined with a dream that is addressed with persistent focus. There aren’t too many artists who have their work carried to the moon. With his connections to MIT, Carnegie Mellon, NASA, and the World Bank; we should all seek his guidance as we work to build partnerships and look to enhance the arts community, an important ingredient in the economic development of Pottstown.”

Mr. Joel Armato commented on Mr. Burgess’ induction, “Lowry Burgess is an inspiration to our community, his combination of creativity, willing to take risk and never give up attitude has been his trademark. We look forward to working with him as we continue to grow a new Pottstown with arts and culture at the center of our revitalization efforts!” The honorees, and the day’s events give me more reason to say PROUD TO BE FROM POTTSTOWN

Lowry Burgess at Gallery on High in Pottstown

Following the luncheon Janet and Lowry Burgess were
invited to The Gallery On High, where Erika Hornburg Cooper and Cathy
Paretti hosted a small reception and discussion panel. 

Mr. And Mrs. Burgess spoke to a small group of Pottstown citizens,

Kate Jackson of  Mosaic Community Land Trust (Pottstown)

Sue Repko, an urban planner from Positively Pottstown,,

and Teri Jensen-Sellers of Roots of Revitalization in Pottstown, PA

about how Arts and Cultures movements cannot not only improve business districts in towns like Pottstown, but promote community pride and unity!  He and his wife, Janet are responsible for creating the model for the first night program promoting arts and humanities in Boston, that has become an internationally celebrated festival .



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