2022 Summer Artspace Program / 2018

Paying Homage: Soil and Site

In 2018-19 students joined forces with activist potter/spoken word poet Roberto Lugo to pay homage to unsung heroes of our community and tell the untold stories about their contributions. Homage took the form of a giant ceramic tile mural that will be mounted permanently at Common Ground School after its Artspace debut, made in Lugo’s signature style, making reference to the ornate Della Robbia ceramic technique of the Italian Renaissance.

Participating Artists

Daniela Alejandra Arandi López, Patricio Salvador Bacón Guaray, Kiyomi Leslie Bowen, Janyel Kyany Campbell, Naamy Dayana Castillo, Angela Victoria Fernandez-Ayala, Gabriela Gonzalez, Aliya Anna Hafiz, Sofiya Alexandra Hafiz, Andres Sebastian Hernandez, Adara Meher Huq, Aime Mulungula, Natalia Maria Padilla Castellanos, Kobe Randolf, Tyler Brian Reid, Keely Mumm Russel-Thornton, Tiffany Lynn Sewell, Jaida Stancil, Raven Von Kohler, Jordan Isaiah Walker, India Wolterstorff


Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Chipstone Foundation, Connecticut Humanities, Connecticut Office of the Arts, The Global Institute for Arts + Leadership’s Vital New Voices program, The David T. Langrock Foundation, The Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation, Inc, Carol Androccio LeWitt, National Endowment for the Arts, The Public Welfare Foundation, Roberto Lugo Studio, The Windgate Foundation

Lead Artist: Robert Lugo

Voted Ceramic Artist of the Year in 2017, Roberto Lugo is a USA Artist Fellow and the 2015 recipient of the NCECA Emerging Artist of the Year award. He is Assistant Professor at Temple University/Tyler School of Art, holds a BFA from the Kansas City Arts Institute, an MFA from Penn State and serves as a Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts as well as the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. He is represented by the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited at the Center for Craft and Creativity in Asheville, NC, Baltimore Clay Works, Cranbrook Academy, and is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the High Museum in Atlanta.