Above Image: Lawrence Argent, I See What You Mean. Commissioned in 2002 by Denver's Percent for Art Program.
My name is Ashley Newcomb. I am a designer and educator living in New York. My interests in art range from the delicate scribbling of a toddler to the engineering genius of Tim Hawkinson. I love to see the process of things, to break things down and build them back up; to discover how everything is connected. Naturally, I was thrilled to find a site devoted to creating threads that sew together every facet of the art world.
Lately, a big interest of mine has been art in public places. As an educator I'm always trying to find new ways to bring art into the classroom, and I feel that there is a great opportunity to do this by sprinkling art throughout the places we see every day. Public art can be anything from a stencil on the side of a building to a commissioned collaboration and I'm looking to collect knowledge of them all, and reactions to their presence. Feel free to jump on board with any discoveries, comments or experiences you have about this issue, or contact me with any ideas or suggestions for the Visual Arts section.
I'm excited to be a part of Art + Culture and to see what develops from this growing community!