Artist Lecture Series

The Lawton Gallery has partnered with UWGB Art and Design courses to bring UWGB a gallery lecture series. The series of lectures will ask visiting artists to conduct virtual artist lectures in the classroom which will be recorded and shared through the University.

Carlene Munoz

November 9th, 2020
Carlene Munoz is a Miami Based artist who works at the New World University, a large school in downtown Miami, FL. Munoz's current body of work represents an existential exploration of presence, spatial relationships, and the origins of life. The ritual of drawing allows my unconscious thoughts to shape the imagery; through this meditative process, altered patterns and visionary compositions are formed. The drawings result from an intuitive impulse to find higher meaning through abstraction.


Carlene Munoz


 

Kellie Moore

March 10th, 2022
Sugar Sand Pottery was created by Kellie Moore after she and her husband returned from their lives of employment by the sand and sea in the British Virgin Islands to even more sand in the Central Florida area. Their move to the country side proved to be pretty sweet, and with a life now amongst their furry and feathered farm animals (chickens and horses, to boot), Sugar Sand pottery was born.

Setting up her studio out in the sandy Florida soil, Kellie combines the aesthetic inspiration of her years of traveling and working abroad along with the printmaking, painting, and ceramic experiences from her Central Florida roots. While the function of her wares remain inspired by farm life and home living, the glazes and details that adorn their surfaces are taken from the colors and textures of her life in the tropics and hint towards the ornamentation of her travels.

Kellie Moore Artist Lecture


 

Melissa Diaz

April 26th, 2022
Melissa is an artist and a licensed, registered, board-certified art therapist. She holds a BFA in Painting from The University of Central Florida, an MPS in Art Therapy & Creativity Development from Pratt Institute and a certificate in Integrated Mental Health/Addiction Treatment. Melissa has 10 years of experience as a Creative Arts Therapist, working as a primary therapist, group therapist and program assistant director. She has utilized art therapy in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health, family shelters, schools and museums. Through these experiences, Melissa has had the opportunity to support, individuals experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, trauma, mental illness, developmental disorders, addiction, familial issues, life transitions, and stigmatization. Melissa practices an eclectic art therapy approach, utilizing Humanistic, Attachment, and Behavioral frameworks, tailoring each therapeutic experience to meet the client or group where they are at. Throughout all her work, she weaves in mindfulness practice and self-compassion. In addition to her therapeutic practice, Melissa founded Open House BK (est. 2010), a Brooklyn-based, community arts initiative that provides affordable pop-up events, emerging artist exhibitions, and therapeutic workshops. Open House strives to shed light on the arts and community as integral for social justice, personal healing and progress. Currently, Melissa is a Visiting Instructor for Pratt Institute’s Art Therapy Department and Chapter Delegate to the New York Art Therapy Association. Melissa is also a practicing studio artist, exhibiting in galleries, universities, and alternative spaces. In her artwork, she creates interactive installation art as a source of viewer engagement. Melissa believes creativity exists within everyone, serving as a gateway to heal, transform and explore the impact of one’s internal and external experiences.