By Katie Schmidt |
Photo of UCF alumnus Forrest Lawson '18 in front of his art at the Starbucks on Memory Mall

“Artists have a task, in society, to paint the revolution in a way that people can connect with,” Lawson says. “I want to use the platform that I have in whatever capacity that I have to communicate that ignorance and hatred are not acceptable.”
– Forrest Lawson ’18

Last month, UCF art grad Forrest Lawson ’18 bested more than 400 artists for top honors and a $50,000 award at a regional competition for his piece 6/12/2016, a sculpture he created to memorialize the Pulse tragedy, honor its victims and communicate the emotions and responses the shooting awakened across communities.

6/12/2016, involves 49 cubes with the names of the victims hand-stamped and their dates of birth. The cubes also contain the two commonalities between each of the 49 victims – their death date and the wristband they were wearing the night of the shooting. Lawson posted a nationwide call for people to submit their response to the tragedy and each of the narratives selected are juxtaposed to a name and wristband.

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Forrest Lawson's art in the Praxis Exhibition.  Forrest Lawson's Artwork in the Praxis Exhibition

Forrest Lawson's art in the Praxis Exhibition.  Forrest Lawson's art in the Praxis Exhibition.

Photos from the 2018 Biannual BFA Exhibition (Praxis) at the UCF Art Gallery.