Sculpture Studio Manager
L006B Art and Design Building; MSN: 1C3
The art community will tell you Ben Ashworth is an accomplished visual artist, educator, designer, builder and skateboarder. His friends will tell you he’s a lunatic who skates too fast and works too hard. Either way, his work exists at the collision of art, skateboarding, community and play, and speaks largely for itself. His projects blur the lines and definitions of activism and art, and tend to draw the surrounding communities in to participate. For instance, he teamed up with Washington, D.C. based Green Skate Laboratory to organize and build a skate park for Langdon Recreation Center constructed from more than 3,000 reclaimed tires by an all-volunteer labor team (including neighborhood kids). He’s also one of the founding members of the now legendary DC Fight Club, an underground skate park/gallery/creative space. In 2012, he was selected to produce the first version of Finding A Line for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanity’s temporary public art initiative, 5×5. Finding A Line has now been embraced by the Kennedy Center as an ongoing community-sourced public art project.
Ben is a 2016 MFA graduate of George Mason University, Fairfax, VA and in 1999 earned is Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University as well. He currently works a 9 to 5 as George Mason University’s Sculpture Studio Manager, is a core member of East Coast Round Wall, a loose coalition of artists, activists, educators, surfers, skaters and builders.