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Roberto Lugo Talk and US: Emerging Voices in Clay Show Open

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2414 Douglas Street NE

Washington, DC 20018

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Accclaimed ceramic artist, Roberto Lugo, will open his curated show - US: Emerging Voices in Clay - at the District Clay Gallery with an artist talk and discussion.

About Roberto Lugo:

Robert Lugo is one of the most exciting and important ceramic artists on the scene today. This year Lugo was named the Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly. Growing up in a poor first generation immigrant family in Philadelphia during the crack wars of the 80s, Lugo, a former graffiti artist, discovered ceramics as a way to speak to the pain and dislocation around him. In 2012, Lugo received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Pennsylvania State in 2014. In 2015, Lugo burst on the ceramic scene after a powerful and heartfelt 2015 Emerging Artist talk at NCECA. In 2016 Lugo won the prestigious American Artist Award.

Through his work, Lugo references problems and inequalities facing minorities, women and underserved communities by creating masterful and highly decorated narratives. He typically places these narratives on finely crafted and ornamented porcelain pieces that might be found in a wealthy Victorian home. Thus a teapot, a large platter, an immense covered jar are all transformed into a vehicle for creating new dialogues about current issues.

Lugo is currently Assistant Professor of Craft for Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is on the board of directors for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. His work is carried by the Wexler Gallery and, though a young artist, is already included in several museum collections. He works extensively to promote access to ceramics for minority and underserved populations.

About his curated show: US - Emerging Voices in Clay

Lugo has selected 12 female artists for the show who represent the best in new ceramic art. The show opens Saturday night, August 11th and closes on September 23rd. The artists are:

Natalia Arbelaez Emily Connell Jennifer Ling Datchuk Christina Erives April D. Felipe Raven Halfmoon Margaret Kinkeade Natalie Kuenzi Courtney M. Leonard Amanda Schneider Maura Wright

Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

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