Curator’s Blog, Community Reflections, Joseph Craig English

Joseph Craig English began as a commercial artist, working as a designer and then ultimately as an art director for a D.C. advertising agency. His fascination with the silk-screen process led him to produce his own fine art prints full-time. In our conversation, he explained how he wants his art to be both affordable and accessible to a broad public, preferring realism over abstraction because of the personal narratives that recognizable images can trigger.

Craig prides himself on always selling what he produces, but he pursues the subjects that interest him. Color often dictates what he chooses to portray. Always a camera on hand, he takes constant photographs, often recording places or views that are on the edge of neighborhoods or about to change. Although he regards his photographs as tools and a step along the way, it would be interesting to thumb through images he has amassed since the 1970s of the D.C. area.

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Michele Cohen, Ph.D., is a consultant for the Public Arts Trust at AHCMC. Dr. Cohen has over 25 years experience as an administrator, writer, curator, and professor in the field of public art. She served as the founding Director of New York City’s Public Art for Public Schools program, managing a collection inventory, extensive conservation program and new acquisitions, and also she directed the sculpture inventory for the Art Commission of the City of New York. Dr. Cohen holds a B.A. in Art History and English Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

One Response to “Curator’s Blog, Community Reflections, Joseph Craig English”

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