(Posted September 29, 2014)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Roberto Lugo, a ceramic artist from Philadelphia, Pa. and owner of a ceramics art studio in Bellefonte, Pa., will teach a children's art workshop at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Juniata College Museum of Art on the Juniata campus.

The workshop is open to children age 9 through 12 and is free of charge. To reserve a spot or to get more information, please contact Judy Maloney, director of the Juniata College Museum of Art, at 814-641-2691, or email at maloney@juniata.edu.

The workshop is open to children age 9 through 12 and is free of charge.

Lugo, who was recently commissioned to create an outdoor ceramic sculpture for the Juniata museum, will supply each child in the workshop with a tile that students can use to draw, carve or sculpt images of what they want to be. Lugo will take each tile, apply a clear glaze, and fire it in his studio kiln. He will return each tile to Juniata at a pre-determined pickup date.

"Through clay, one can experience this notion by having unlimited possibilities in the creation process," Lugo says. "At the end of the workshop we will all put our tiles together to show what we look like together -- the future."

Lugo is originally from the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia and found his first forays into art taking place spraying or writing graffiti on the streets of Philadelphia. After working for many years, he returned to art in 2007 taking classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 2012 from the Kansas City Art Institute and is currently working on his master's degree in fine arts from Penn State University.

He has taught the beginning ceramics course at Penn State from 2012 to 2014 and taught the university's Ceramics Surface course in 2014. His work has been included in exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.