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PLATFORM Visiting Artist Lecture // Roberto Lugo

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Join us for a PLATFORM public lecture by visiting artist

March 1, 2018 at 5:30pm

 Greater Denton Arts Council
400 E Hickory St
Denton, TX

 Free and open to the public

 Roberto Lugo Bio
I am a potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. All of these roles are rooted in my childhood. Having had no formal music or art training, I often practiced table drumming and writing hip-hop lyrics as it was customary to “battle rap” during lunch Instead of art class, I drew in my composition book, and marked every wall that I could. “Graffiti” was a way to get my name into the community, to attain a local fame.

 Today my graffiti is defacing social inequality. I teach communities to make mosaic murals to honor victims of gun violence. I see my pottery as a process of transforming the ground we walk on into something we eat from; we search all day for the perfect spot to put it on display. In many ways this transformation of tragedy into triumph is a metaphor for my life’s story.

 My experiences as an indigent minority inform my version of Puerto Rican American history. With my education in critical theory, art education, art history, and studio art I have developed a studio practice that fluidly communicates with diverse audiences. I bring art to those that do not believe they need to see it and engage in deeper ways of knowing, learning and thinking.

Read more about Robert Lugo on his website


The UNT Department of Studio Art PLATFORM speaker series invites contemporary artists, critics and curators whose work is fueled by critical discussions around marginalized voices and narratives. Free and open to the university community and beyond, PLATFORM events often collaborate with other cultural institutions and departments and centers on campus. In addition to a public lecture speakers meet with students in individual and/or seminar settings providing additional contact & deeper conversations.

Sponsored By

·         UNT Department of Studio Art

·         Texas Woman's University Department of Visual Arts

·         Greater Denton Arts Council 

·         UNT Clay Guild

Questions about this lecture or the PLATFORM series
Lauren Lake, Chair
UNT Department of Studio Art 
[email protected]



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