In 2017, Reni Gower received SECAC’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. In 2014, she received the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teacher of Art Award, as well as distinguished teaching awards from Virginia Commonwealth University and VCUarts. Her art work is represented in many prestigious collections and has been exhibited at international and national venues for over 40 years. In addition to her painting practice, she curates award winning traveling exhibitions that include FABRICation, Geometric Aljamía: a Cultural Transliteration, and Pulped Under Pressure: The Art of Handmade Paper. After 37 years, Professor Gower retired from Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2018. She holds a MFA from Syracuse University, a MA from University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a BS with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.