Lawton, a native Washingtonian and fifth generation educator in Washington, DC, has directed the art education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, taught at the Tyler School of Art, and advised and mentored master's students in the Supervision and Administration in the Visual Arts program at the Bank Street College of Education. As an active artist, her artistic and scholarly research revolves around visual narrative and intergenerational arts learning in community settings. Her work is featured in collections at the College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Teachers College Columbia University, Northwestern University, Morgan State University, Georgetown University, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, THe Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center and the Washington, D.C. Superior Court. In addition to several journal articles and book chapters, and a book on her dissertation research, "Artstories: Narratiave construction in Intergenerational and Transformative Learning."
Dr. Pamela Lawton’s art is in the collections of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Teachers College Columbia University; Northwestern University; Morgan State University; Georgetown University; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center; Eugene E. Myers Charitable Unitrust; and the Washington, D.C. Superior Court.
In addition to publishing research articles in Studies in Art Education, Art Education Journal, and The Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Roundtable, Dr. Lawton has contributed chapters to several art education anthologies. She is currently a member of the Art Education Journal Editorial Review Board and the Art Education DC Executive Board. A monograph on her doctoral research, Artstories: Narrative Construction in Intergenerational and Transformative Learning, was published in 2008.