Prolific collaborator, as both teacher and artist, Pamela Moulton tries to foster an ethos of generosity and creative exchange through her public engagement work. Making art and exhibiting for over 30 years in places as far away as the National Museum in Albania where she worked alongside orphaned gypsy children, or India where her projects involved recycling lords in the Mumbai slums, these experiences informed Pamela’s work. She understood the universal need for creative multi-sensory interaction for mind, body, and spirit. When playfulness meets a myriad of materials, magic happens.
Today, Pamela is impassioned by her collaborations with dementia sufferers partnered with University students, marveling at the elder’s spontaneity and their need for joyful creative stimulation. Pamela’s collaborative process engages community through intergenerational workshops, inspired by her personal projects, where together elements are created that are incorporated into a larger installation, becoming a shared community work of art.
Pamela grew up in Maine, earning her undergraduate degree from UVM and Villa Arson, Nice, France in 1984. Residing in France for 23 years with her husband and son, she earned her MFA from the Ecole Superieure d’Art in Aix en Provence, with further training in choreography and education at the IUFM in Blois. Pamela’s work veered to collaborative large-scale community projects including: a traveling multi-sensorial museum, costume and set design for a contemporary circus, public engagement professor for international programs, and residencies in over 100 schools where she created ephemeral and permanent public works of art with schools and communities. Pamela was awarded prestigious cultural grants from the Conseil Regional, to bring contemporary art into rural France through her non-profit, Enfancillages. She opened an experimental gallery called, “La Bouchery” where she curated exhibitions for two years.
Returning to Maine 8 years ago, Pamela was honored to receive the Maine Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Fellowship in 2016, several artist project grants, Kindling Fund Grant in 2020 and numerous residencies. She presently teaches contemporary art to University students partnered with elders living with dementia and uses her art practice to advocate for seniors. Summers, she is privileged to manage the Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Western, Maine where she cultivates creative relationships, supports artists, and dedicates herself to her own art practice.