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Published: Jan. 21, 2011

Faculty conversations: James Lawton

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James Lawton believes art is changing every day, especially with the use of technology.

Lawton, a sculpture professor in the Department of Art and Art History, is the artist behind “Evolutionary Artifacts,” an interactive multimedia exhibit on display at the MSU Museum.

“ ‘Evolutionary Artifacts’ plays off a changing attitude about art,” Lawton said.

In the exhibit, Lawton takes different elements of heritage – from artifacts to family photographs – and displays them in a different manner with the use of technology. He set up a website, lucyandyou.com, to allow people to submit their own photographs from around the world.

“Without the uploading of images, the show would be a failure,” Lawton said.

Lawton believes art plays a significant role in society, acting as not only a means of recording history but also as a means of communication.

He hopes to continue working on several sculpture projects. This summer, Lawton hopes to travel to Athens and Berlin, where he has been invited to speak about his work.
 
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James Lawton, professor of sculpture, created "Evolutionary Artifacts," a multimedia exhibition that focuses on human equality and social justice. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

James Lawton, professor of sculpture, created "Evolutionary Artifacts," a multimedia exhibition that focuses on human equality and social justice. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

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