Roberto Lugo: Critical Discussions of Hip-Hop, Ceramics, and Visual Culture

Roberto Lugo: Critical Discussions of Hip-Hop, Ceramics, and Visual Culture 10 December 2018 Heather Kaplan; Department of Art, The University of Texas at El Paso

Roberto Lugo joins Tyler School of Art

The Ceramics Program at the Tyler School of Art is excited to announce that Roberto Lugo has been hired as an Assistant Professor of Crafts and will be joining the faculty in the fall of 2017. Roberto has a long list of accomplishments, which can be found on his website.
A few highlights include: 
Board of Directors, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Board of Directors, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Barr Fellow, US Artist Award

Emerging Artist Award, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

BFA, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA, Pennsylvania State University

Ceramic Artist of the Year

Thank you to the Ceramic Arts Netwok, Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated for naming me Ceramic Artist of the Year.  

  1. The annual Ceramic Artist of the Year award is presented to an artist whose work reflects current aesthetics and sets an example for ceramic artists by embracing current trends, technology, studio, marketing, and/or community-focused practices. The Ceramic Artist of the Year is determined by the editorial staff of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated and receives $1,000 cash award and a $500 purchase award.

United States Artist Award

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This is dedicated to all of the children who come from neighborhoods like those that I grew up in–poor. You may have been given less opportunity but let this marginalization make you more hungry to reach for the things you want out of your life. Gone are the days where the only way out was to become a sports star or a singer. Gone are even the days where you needed to choose a career that seemed like a sure fire way to make it into the middle class–gone is pragmatism for children of color. I sought to achieve what I was passionate about knowing it would be difficult but I realized some time ago that if you are doing something rarely  done before it means it is something in desperate need of being done. I am made it as an artist and you can too! Find something you love to do and you’ll forever find bliss. Thank God for helping me find clay.

I am very pleased to have been named a United States Artist Barr Fellow. This prestigious award comes with a 50,000 dollar monetary award. This is significantly impact my work in being able to create a new body of work and having the financial ability to work on aspects that were previously unavailable.

I want to thank the jurors, United States Artist and those who nominated and supported me. An especially big thank you to Shannon Goff a professor and artist at Penn State University who saw something in me some time ago and encouraged me to continue to expand my practice into activism, public speaking and to be fearless in my art making.