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Lorenzo Clayton

Adjunct Professor

Lorenzo Clayton is a printmaker and painter whose work has evolved from single canvases and prints to assemblages and installations. A native of Santa Fe, he received his BFA from The Cooper Union, worked in a printing business, and then returned to teach printing at Parsons School of Design and at Cooper Union.

A belief in the importance of process informs all of Clayton's work. This is associated with his understanding that process includes examining, researching, and reexamining questions arising from the creative endeavor. For Clayton, this process ends in abstract creations which contain the essence of the subject.

Clayton has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Clayton's work is in the permanent collections of the Heard Museum, the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Tucson Museum, the Zimmerli Art Museum, the Morris Museum, the Newark Museum, and the Eiteljorg Museum. He is one of five charter recipients of an Eiteljorg Fellowship.

Lorenzo Clayton derives enormous satisfaction from his work as a teacher and artist working with professionals from other disciplines as well as independently.

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