Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art

Paul Rowley

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2004

Rowley began making films in
1995. Since then he has completed more than 30 shorts, feature films, video installations, and documentaries. His work has been funded by NYFA, Irish Arts Council, Irish Film Board, Culture Ireland, and others. He has received fellowships from MacDowell, the Bogliasco Foundation, and Atlantic Centre for 
the Arts. His
 most recent commission, Local Time, is a 60-screen permanent installation at LAX airport.

Seaview (a documentary about asylum seekers living in an abandoned holiday camp that he co-directed with Nicky Gogan) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (Forum), was awarded a special jury mention at DMZ docs Korea, and was nominated for an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award).

His short Suspension won a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Rowley was also awarded the Irish American Art Award (under 35 and overall prize), the New
Langton Arts Award, and the Glen Dimplex Artists' Award ( the Irish Museum of 
Modern Art's annual contemporary art prize). He recently completed a second feature
 documentary as director, Build Something Modern, an Irish Arts 
Council Reel Art commission. The 
film premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival and examines the unknown history of Ireland simultaneously exporting Christianity and Modernism to West Africa in the 1960s. His 2010 feature length experimental film, The Rooms, premiered at the 
Pompidou Centre, Paris, in 2011.

Rowley serves on the selection panel for the Bogliasco Foundation, was a juror at 
Sheffield doc/fest, and was director of programming for GAZE, the Dublin LGBT Film Festival in 2011. He is currently developing two new feature films.



Paul Rowley worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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