Pamela Harris Lawton


Dr. Lawton (she/her/hers), is the Florence Gaskins Harper Endowed Chair in Art Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her artistic and scholarly research revolves around visual narrative and intergenerational arts learning in BIPOC communities. In 2019 she was an associate artist at the Tate Exchange in London. Her project, Artstories UK, involved collaborating with 1800+ museum visitors over the course of five days on the creation of 30 altered books responding to social justice themes. Lawton was also the 2019 Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where she worked with immigrant BIPOC youth creating artists books about belonging. Her artwork, mostly prints, books, and mixed media pieces is grounded in social practice; seeking to illuminate contemporary issues, cultural traditions, and the stories of people affected by them. Lawton coined the term Artstories to describe these visual intergenerational narratives produced through her fine art business, Pamela’s Press.