Announcing our 2019-20 Artists-in-Residence: Ashlyn Pope and Dayon Royster

Following an internationally competitive process with countless highly qualified applicants, we are delighted to announce that we have selected Ashlyn Pope as our Ceramics Artist-in-Residence and Dayon Royster as our Printmaking Artist-in-Residence. These two artists represent the best of an overwhelmingly strong pool of candidates for these two yearlong positions.

As part of their residency, these artists will develop new bodies of work, collaborate in our studios, teach, and take part in community driven projects. Each year, our resident artists infuse our studios with a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, and skills. Look for opportunities to engage with these talented resident artists through classes and events coming soon!


Ashlyn Pope holds a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking from Kennesaw State University. She recently graduated with her MFA in Ceramics from Pennsylvania State University. Ashlyn is inspired to serve in her community as a champion for diversity by serving on the board for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as a Student Director at Large. Ashlyn mainly works with ceramics and textiles to create work rooted in personal experiences as a survivor of abuse living in a female Black body. The American system is one of constriction, for her body and for those who look like her. Through her eyes, spaces are both restricting and binding, yet they also contain hope, strength, and power. Ashlyn uses her work to address how bound or boundless we are.

To learn more about Ashyln, visit her website.


Dayon Royster is an artist hailing from Richmond, VA. He received his BFA in Printmaking from East Carolina University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. While at ECU, he embarked on his first foray into printmaking with no idea of the path down which it would send him. Printmaking continues to captivate him because of the creative problem solving that is involved with the process; he returns day after day to try his hand at pulling a successful print. Dayon’s current work conjures universal themes of accessibility, curiosity, empowerment, self-doubt, identity, suppression, symbolism, and the “other.”

To learn more about Dayon, visit his website.


The Lawrence Arts Center is a member of the Alliance of Artists Communities, an organization that serves on behalf of its members, small and large, leveraging support for the field as a whole; promotes successful practices in the field; and advocates for creative environments that support the work of today’s artists.

Click here to learn more about our residency program.