Message from the President


Dear Idyllwild Arts Community,

It is with deep sadness that I share with you that Carolyn Lowman passed away in Coronado, CA, on January 6, 2023.

Carolyn is known and cherished by the entire Idyllwild Arts community and everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. When IA was founded, Carolyn played several key roles, including Dean of Students and founder of IA’s library. Her most impactful role might have been in the classroom as an ESL instructor. Her former students are quick to share that her high standard and care for them as students and English learners played a key role in the successful lives they now lead as professional artists and business professionals who work and serve around the world. Carolyn’s full obituary can be found here.

Carolyn is survived by her husband Bill (founder of Idyllwild Arts Academy), her son Nate and wife-to-be Rachel, grandson Wallace, and sister Mary Soule. In lieu of a memorial service, Carolyn’s ashes will be distributed to friends and family across the country for mini celebrations of her life. Idyllwild Arts will celebrate Carolyn’s life at its annual Founders Day on June 24, 2023. Bill has generously invited people to make donations in Carolyn’s memory to the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, P.O. Box 38, Idyllwild CA, 92349.

Our thoughts are with Bill, Nate, their entire family, and everyone who loved and cherished Carolyn Marie Soule Lowman.

With condolences,