Renata Shelton

Renata Shelton

Renata Shelton

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, 2008
Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, 2008
Master of Arts, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, 2015
Master of Business Administration, 2017
University of Arkansas

Renata joined the team in October of 2018 after a brief and exciting adventure in entrepreneurship of an educational robotics company. She grew up in the Jasper, Arkansas area and is a student of life and of human culture; she’s a natural and professionally trained Anthropologist with a year of scientific field work management experience and 4 years’ experience as a professional Spanish Interpreter. Her first favorite job though, was in 5th grade, where she got paid in JuJy Fruits to shelve books during recess.

She leads a women’s book club in Fayetteville and is also dabbling in construction, spearheading Little Free Pantry projects. Her first was the first one built on the Razorback Greenway, on the Scull Creek Trail at South Creekside Apartments. Housing and Architecture have been private interests and pursuits since 2009 when she first proposed a project to the University of Arkansas and applied for a Women’s Circle Grant to create architecturally beautiful and unique shipping container houses for people in work transition/layoff, home foreclosure, and nomadism/homelessness.

Her work and research at the University of Arkansas has largely involved G.I.S. and computer and painted mapping- in particular she studied where they intersect with Spanish language, literature, arts, and culture. She mapped hundreds of topographies of Central and South American monkey teeth for her Honor’s Thesis, to contribute to research that develops awareness of diet’s impact on culture and behavior.

In Grad School she researched symbols and symbolic strategies of colonial and precolonial painted Mexican maps for her Master of Arts in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, also using G.I.S to juxtapose hand drawn maps with real topologies. She received a Master of Business Administration afterward, to merge her awareness of the Arts and Business, an awareness that isn’t often sought after in the Arts or in Business.

Contact:
renata@marlonblackwell.com