UWL dedicates art building to Ho-Chunk sculptor and educator Truman Lowe

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A Ho-Chunk artist will be remembered for generations to come.

UWL officially dedicated its Center for the Arts to Ho-Chunk sculptor Truman Lowe.

The late artist got his start at UWL and went on to become internationally acclaimed for his art and career as a professor at UW-Madison.

The UWL campus occupies Ho-Chunk land and Lowe’s daughter says the dedication will be powerful for Native students.

“Representation matters and so if you’re a Native student coming on to campus, and you see that the Center for The Arts is named after a Ho-Chunk artist and educator, the university is basically saying that ‘we see you and we believe in you,'” said Tonia Lowe, Truman Lowe’s daughter.

Lowe says La Crosse had a special place in her dad’s heart.

He will be the first person of color with a UWL building named in his honor.