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Roberto Lugo

Biography to Display: 

1981 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION

2012 BFA Ceramics Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

2014 MFA Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

2014-2015 PHD Philosophy Candidate Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

RESIDENCIES

2011 Tom Jones Residency, Clay City, Foley, AL

2012 Artist in residence, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

2013 Artist in residence, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary IAH resident artist, Penn State University, State College, PA

2016 Guest Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2016 Artist in Residence, Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, Maryland

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

2009-2012 Assistant Teacher to Paul Donnelly, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

2012-2014Beginning Ceramics Instructor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

2015Professor of Art, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont

 

Roberto Lugo is known for experience driven activist surface narrative. Ceramic forms are often derived from classic Middle Eastern and historic ceramics. He uses various clays including stoneware, terracotta and porcelain which he throws and hand builds into ginger jars, vases, teapots and plates. His surfaces may be finished with slip, china paint and lusters.  

 Lugo says, “I am a potter, social activist, culture-maker, rapper, spoken word poet, and educator. All of these roles that “I am” are rooted in my childhood. I am from the ghetto; self-referentially I am a ghetto potter. The word ghetto can be a negative but I equate ‘ghetto’ with the word ‘resourceful’. Although my history is filled with adversity, racism and sheer bad luck; I celebrate these moments in my work, I could not make art without the experiences they have offered to me.”

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

The Belger Collection, Kansas City, Missouri

Department of Fine Arts, Seminole State College, Sanford, Florida

Juniata College Museum of Art, Juniata, Pennsylvania

Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection, Ceramics Department Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

West Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Ceramics Monthly (September 2012).

Dunlop, Beth. “Spring 2016: From the Editor.” Modern (February 24, 2016).

Essner, Elizabeth. “Roberto Lugo is Changing the World One Teapot at a Time” Modern (March 29, 2016).

Lovelace, Joyce. “Agent of Change.” American Craft (April/May 2016).

Schulman, B. ”Roberto Lugo : Not Fearing the Message.” Ceramics Art and Perception 98(2014).

 

Website(s):

www.robertolugostudio.com

 

Typical Marks
Plate
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Jar with Theaster Gates and Jesse Williams
Date: ca 2015
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 5, 2019. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/lugo