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Faculty Spotlight: Ronda Wright, MFA

As an artist and activist, Wright has created the on-going sculptural installation, “Creating Artifacts of Home.” Through a series of workshops, participants sculpt small artifacts of home. These workshops started in response to the overwhelming rate of LGBTQ+ homelessness and bullying. The premise of these workshops is that we all have a relation to home and that iron is an element necessary to sustain life. While sharing experiences, participants sculpt a symbolic artifact that reminds them of home. Wright then cast the artifact in iron, the artifact becomes part of the larger collection of memories that reflect relations of Home. Participants’ artifacts link themselves not as “others” but to others. Wright is the Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT+ Communities, and a member of Diversity Leads and Council for Diversity and InclusionShe is a Senior Academic & Professional Development Advisor and Adjunct Assistant Professor for UT’s College of Architecture + Design and an alum of UT’s School of Art.