Pamela Lawton
Visual artist / artista visiva

Pamela Lawton’s 2019-20 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant is hosted by the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy. During her tenure here she is making art while forging new connections between her own creative process, her engagement with museums, and the city of Siena. In addition to art-making in response to the medieval built environment, she will engage through research and teaching with the community of people with low or no vision and/or hearing loss and the art and educational institutions that serve them.  This fall she also will be leading workshops at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. (Click here for more details about her workshops at the Benaki Museum)

Pamela Lawton’s multi-paneled paintings reflect the height of the World Trade Center, the cacophony of Times Square, and the rhythm of the Indian Ocean, all places where she has made art with zeal. Inspired by her students, she shares public art-making practices with them, including in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), on the streets of New York while teaching for Eugene Lang College, and in places such as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Corciano, Italy, the latter while teaching undergraduate and graduate students for American University.

She has exhibited in galleries and museums locally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Galeria Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, The Conde Nast Building, NY, 180 Maiden Lane, NY, The Atrium Gallery, NY, and the Galeria Isabel Ignacio in Seville, Spain. Group exhibitions in NYC include Pierogi Gallery, Sideshow Gallery, and Tibor De Nagy Gallery; also, The Artists’ Museum, Lodz, Poland, and the Emmanuel Heller Gallery, Tel Aviv. Lawton is an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at Chashama, NYC, and was an AIR at the World Trade Center through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Collaborations with poets and authors include “Genet at Metray”, Dennis Moritz (United Artist Books, 2018), Sweet-voiced [mutilated] Papyrus, Anne Waldman (Spyuyten Duyvil Press, 2015), “Walking After Midnight”, Bill Kushner (Spuyten Duyvil Press,2011), and "A Place In the Sun" (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2010), Lewis Warsh. Her work is in collections in the US and abroad. Interviews featuring her exhibitions have been featured on NY1 News, and the BBC.

She received a BA from Bennington College in visual arts and an MFA from the City College of NY and Scuola Lorenzo De Medici in Florence, Italy. While a faculty member at Eugene Lang College, New School University, she created a study- abroad art program in Sri Lanka. She has been teaching at the Met for more than ten years.

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Pamela Lawton, Airport People Mover, VII, ink on paper, 46” x 55.5”, 2017Pamela Lawton, Marriot Marquis, XII, oil on linen, 24” x 18”, 2019Pamela Lawton, Marriot Marquis, XI, mixed media on paper, 52” x 40”, 2019Pamela Lawton, An American Friend, I, mixed media on paper, 11” x 14”, 2019Pamela Lawton, An American Friend II, mixed media on paper, 14” x 17”, 2019

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