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Tom Ashcraft

Thomas Ashcraft

Professor, MFA Director, Distinguished Professor of Visual Art

College of Fine and Performing Arts

School of Art and Design

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3877
Office: 245 Fine & Performing Arts Building
Personal Website:
Pronouns: He, Him, His


Tom Ashcraft is a Distinguished Professor of Art and MFA Director in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina. He also is an artist, designer, builder and founding member of the art collaborative Workingman Collective. For over 30 years Tom has navigated his inquiry based practice in and out of the public realm combining object making and community engagement. He has collaborated with a wide range of people, from barbers to biologists, and exhibited and produced work in the US, Europe, Caribbean and Africa.<br>Tom is currently developing two commissioned artwork projects with a team of students from Western Carolina University School of Art and Design for the US Embassy in Niamey Niger.<br><br>


  • MFA, Indiana University-Bloomington, Sculpture
  • BA, University of South Florida, Printmaking-Sculpture/Art
  • AA, Miami Dade College Kendall, Art-General Studies/Art

Teaching Interests

Sculpture, contemporary art, public art, collaborative and socially engaged art.

Research Interests

Contemporary art and higher ed fine art education, collaborative and public practices, woodworking, architecture and landscape architecture, design build, folk art, ethnomusicology.

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