Pamela Lawton

Director of Education Studies, Associate Professor of Art Education
Degree programs: 
BFA / MAT Art Education
MA Teaching

Personal Information

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."

Degree Title: 
EdDCTA, Teachers College
College or University: 
Columbia University
Degree Title: 
M.F.A., Printmaking
College or University: 
Howard University
Degree Title: 
B.A., Studio Art and Sociology
College or University: 
University of Virginia
Exhibitions: 

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.

Publications: 

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. 

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Dr. Lawton previously directed the art education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, taught art education courses at the Tyler School of Art, and advised and mentored Master degree candidates at the Bank Street College of Education. A native of Washington, D.C. and product of its public schools, she is a practicing artist whose artistic and scholarly research revolves around visual narrative and intergenerational arts learning in community settings. She has an active teaching license in K-12 art education in the District of Columbia and has taught art to grades 9-12 at Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County, MD. In 2007, Dr. Lawton presented at the Oxford University Roundtable on art and science. She has also presented at national and local NAEA conferences; artist residencies in Prince George’s County, MD; and study away programs in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has facilitated Corcoran partnerships for art education students with the Community Academy Public Charter School and the Art Cart project, which documents the life work of aging artists in the Washington metropolitan area. Dr. Lawton is the Higher Education representative on the Executive Board of Art Education DC (AEDC), the newly formed state affiliation of the NAEA (National Art Education Association) for the District of Columbia.
Published Dissertation Research
"The Adventures of Pamela" altered book