Shelby Lawton is a visual artist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Through material and digital drawing, collage, animation, and video her work explores the intersection between biology and art, creating works that address bioethical issues and investigates how art can be used to support scientific knowledge.
Lawton is a Miller Arts Scholars at the University of Virginia. She is a published artist with The Cavalier Daily (University of Virginia newspaper), where she has produced graphics that range from detailing herd immunity to how an antibody cocktail would function in the prevention of a COVID-19 infection. She created ecological graphics for researcher Dr. Howard Epstein’s review article discussing arctic vegetation models. Most recently, Shelby is interning with Dr. Guler’s lab for the Infectious Diseases (ID) in 3D program, where she is working closely to draft a storyboard, animatic, and a series of models to create a virtual reality animation on the importance of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.