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Rikki Asher Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0057

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains documentation on numerous mural and art projects coordinated by Dr. Rikki Asher. There are photos, sketches, spiral bound project books, exhibit postcards and flyers, newspaper clippings, published articles, framed art and curriculum material. Also included are original audiocassette tapes of interviews related to “The Procession” mural, CDs & DVDs relating to curriculum material and various mural project, these are stored in a box labeled multimedia.

Digital copies of the tapes, as well as some digitized versions of photos and printed materials, are stored digitally at Queens College Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives. Both the physical items and digital files are accessible to researchers on-site. In addition, some of the digitized materials are publicly available on the Queens Memory Project website at


  • 1978-2013


Collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.


The Rikki Asher Papers are physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

Biographical Note

Dr. Rikki Asher is a renowned painter, muralist, and art educator with 20 years as an educator of Fine Arts both primary and secondary levels as well as college and museum education. She graduated from Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY) with a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in painting, and a Doctorate in Art Education (Ed.D.) from Columbia University. She has written and lectured about interdisciplinary and multi-cultural art methodologies. She taught art in the South Bronx, Harlem, India, England, Nicaragua, and Mexico. She was a teaching artist at the Lincoln Center Institute, and has worked with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Whitney Museum and the American Craft Museum. She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries, including the Nora Gallery in Jerusalem.

Currently, she is the Director of Art Education at Queens College and is involved with the Jewish Studies Program. She is also a certified yoga and meditation instructor.


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This collection consists of items related to numerous collaborative art projects directed by Dr. Rikki Asher, professor of arts education at Queens College, between 2000 and 2011. The collection includes color slides, photos, and postcards, published articles, news clippings, printed booklets and programs, sketches, audiocassettes, DVD’s and other miscellanea. Many of the items have been digitized.

Arrangement Note

Series I: Awards and Accolades Series II: Conference and Event Presentations

Series III: Curriculum Material

Series IV: Day without Art Project Series V: Exhibits Series VI: Ghana: 2nd Kumasi Biennial Symposium: Community Art in Focus

Series VII: Mural Projects Series VIII: Nicaragua: Arts for a New Nicaragua

Series IX: Peace Quilt Project – India Series X: Published Articles

Series XI: Puppetry Project

Series XII: Art Journals


Donated by Dr. Rikki Asher in 2012 and 2014.


Processed by Lori A. Wallach, Spring 2014, 2nd acquisition processed by Stephanie McEvoy, Summer 2014, Approved by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us