Ann Scango is a visual artist and sculptor who lives and works in Texas. She wrote an article on her blog recently about the issues that are holding back art education in the United States. She started out by talking about a Ted Talk Mae Jemison gave in 2002 where she expressed concern about where art education is going in this country. She thinks it is critical that people stand up and start creating a legacy of art for future generations.
Mae Jemison said that the main issue is that the American culture puts a dividing line between science and art. This separation has always been around in one form or another but modern society needs to try a different approach. She said that the truth is that arts and science are connected in many ways and trying to draw a clear line between them makes little sense.
Ann Scango works with 3D creations and texturally complex artwork. She founded the Scango Collection in 2016 and is its art curator. She also held a Firestar Austin Fellowship from 2010 to 2015. She likes to combine different industrial materials together in unique and dynamic ways. She finds the resources she needs for her art throughout Austin such as mulch which she dug out of her garden and twigs she has found at Zilker Park. The main material she uses is polyurethane foam.
She says that she has been making art since she was a child. Ann Scango’s childhood was partially spent in the garden getting her clothes very dirty and partially spent using her mom’s art supplies drawing pieces of art. She is an environmentalist and from a very young age started deeply caring for the environment and wanting to protect it. Her artwork reflects this as she uses many natural substances in what she creates.