Ashley Lieber earned her BFA from Grand Valley State University in 2005, and is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan. She is trained as a sculptor and has been a working artist since 2000. She describes her work as a balance between the urban and the academic. She has been member to several artist collectives, including 280 Studios and The Free Radical Gallery.
"Being a serious artist means being socially responsible, sensitive, reflexive, and resourceful, and it is with deep compassion and dedication that I believe, when an artist can encompass these characteristics, their work can inspire progressive social change and preserve the human condition. " -Ashley Lieber, American b. 1981
Since my adolescence I have had an intense and constant dedication to the arts, seeking knowledge through study and experience by participation in dance, theater, printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, civic and public works, and experimental performance and video. I am currently an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan, where I work and student teach. I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2005, with an BFA and a philosophy minor. My related interests include sustainable and urban gardening methods, literature, women's studies, and experimental music.
I chose to be an artist because it is the most direct and honest relationship I see myself having with the outside world, providing the grounds for various productive and intellectual dialogue and discovery. Through art, and the study of it, I witness productive social change. Creative work holds the potential to advert our attention from materialism, power and greed, to reflection upon the most beautiful and sensitive characteristics of human beings.