Ashley Rodriguez Reed is an artist, designer and educator based in Oakland, CA. She earned her BFA in printmaking at the University of Nebraska, Omaha and studied textile print design in Copenhagen. As a Future Faculty Fellow she completed her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in 2012.
She then stayed on at Tyler as a professor for three years teaching silkscreen on fabric, fiber art and mixed media printing. She now teaches visual arts with a focus on community engaged learning at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland. Additionally, Ashley has taught art education in various settings such as the The Kaneko (Omaha, NE), the Corning Center for the Fine Arts (Corning, IA) and other non-profit organizations.
Ashley’s work explores nature, the built environment and emotional experiences of life by using pattern and layered printing. Her process involves photography, drawing and painting to generate imagery. She then uses screenprinting on paper, fabric or found materials to build sculptural print installations and textile paintings. During her time at Arts Itoya she plans to explore the community and its surroundings such as Mifuneyama Rakuen and the Takeo Shrine. She is looking forward to learning about the culture in Takeo and will allow this to inform her imagery as well. She hopes to create an immersive installation for the community to experience by the end of her residency.