Ashley Mask is the Macy Art Gallery Fellow at Teachers College and a doctoral student in the Art and Art Education Program. Prior to joining the Art and Art Education Program, Ashley was the Manager of Visitor Experience and Access Programs at the Rubin Museum of Art. Before starting at the Rubin Museum in 2009, she was the Education Director at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and taught at Naropa University in Boulder. Colorado. She holds an M.S.ed. in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College and an M.F.A. in Photography from the University of Delaware. She continues to freelance as an educator in several NYC museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
An artist who began her work in museums as a teaching artist almost ten years ago, Ashley is interested in the intersection of art museums, teaching artists and urban school reform. As schools struggle to maintain active, integrated arts education programs in the midst of an overly tested, standards-based environment, Ashley hopes to research and develop creative solutions for re-prioritizing arts education in students’ lives. She also studies the role arts can play in establishing more democratic classrooms and, subsequently, more engaged, mindful students.
Her ongoing art practice fuels her commitment to art museums and arts education. Selections of her work can be viewed on her website, ashleymask.com.