Doug Ashford is a teacher, artist and writer. He is Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where he has taught three-dimensional design, sculpture, public art and theory seminars since 1989. The collaboratively taught Intra-disciplinary Seminar that he began in 1997, remains a key part of Cooper’s programAshford also served as a visiting critic at Yale’s MFA in Painting program from 2011 to 2019, where he began his Non-Human seminar. Ashford’s principle visual practice from 1982 to 1996 was as a principle member of the artists’ collaborative Group Material, which produced over 40 exhibitions and public projects internationally between 1983 and 1996. Group Material aspired to transform the exhibition into an artistic medium – using display design and curatorial juxtaposition as a critical location where audiences were invited to imagine democratic forms. The group’s work was beautifully collected in the book Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material, (Four Corners Press, 2010)  – edited by Julie Ault, member and co-founder of the Group.  Since 1996, Ashford has continued to make paintings, write, and produce museum and public projects. His work in public practices are encapsulated in the book Who Cares, (Creative Time, 2006), a publication built from a series of conversations between Ashford and an assembly of other cultural practitioners on public expression, beauty, and ethics in 2006.  A collection of his work, Writings and Interviews by Doug Ashford, (Mousse Publishing and Grazer Kunstverein) was published in 2013. http://www.moussepublishing.com/products-page/product/writings-and-conversations-by-doug-ashford-3/

He is represented by Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam. _ (link)

Cooper Union website and contact. _ (link)


Doug Ashford, Professor
School of Art
The Cooper Union
7 E 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

Studio email: studio@dougashford.info

IG: @deashford