Artist Roberto Lugo Visiting KU for Lecture and Workshop Oct. 4

Roberto Lugo

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Philadelphia artist, ceramist, social activist, spoken-word poet and educator Roberto Lugo will be sharing his knowledge and experience in a multifaceted teaching visit to Kutztown University Friday, Oct. 4.

From 9 a.m. to noon, Lugo will hold demonstrations featuring the process of making ceramic art in 108 Sharadin Art Building. From 1-4 p.m., he will lead a hands-on surface design workshop in 108 Sharadin. At 4 p.m., he will give an artist lecture in 120 Sharadin. All events are free and open to the public.

Lugo uses porcelain as his medium of choice, focusing on influencing change through his depictions of poverty, inequality and social and racial injustice. Lugo’s works recontextualize the visual iconography of European and Asian porcelain techniques and combine with his personal background in graffiti and contemporary urban imagery to engage with and pay homage to underrepresented people of color. Lugo is the recipient of the 2019 Rome Prize and a 2016 United States Artist Fellow. His work is part of the permanent collections in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, among others.

As an educator and activist, Lugo’s research focuses on how to create more opportunities for people of color to engage in the visual arts, both as makers and as culture makers. Lugo has videos of his NCECA artist lecture, his feature on PBS, as well as his personal project with the Wexler Gallery, Ghetto is Resourceful, available online.

For more information, contact professor Gwendolyn Yoppolo at

Event Schedule: Friday, Oct. 4
9 a.m. – noon: Ceramics demonstration (108 Sharadin)
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Hands-on surface design workshop (108 Sharadin)
4 p.m.: Artist lecture (120 Sharadin)