Ashley Boycher has always considered public museums "magic places." "Growing up with modest means in rural Louisiana sure will make a kid curious about the world," said Boycher.
That curiosity never left her, and she now has been at the Walters for 18 months, designing interiors for all temporary exhibitions and touching up permanent displays. Next month, you can see her handiwork in the exhibition "Public Property." "We will showcase our visitors' voices and choices more than ever before," she said. Boycher, 30, who lives in Hampden, chatted with b about which artist she'd like to dine with and the mix of people who make Baltimore great.
Worst pet peeve? Snobbery
Last concert/gig you went to? Dum Dum Girls in February. Three months with no live music?
Artist, dead or alive, you would love to have dinner with? Zaha Hadid. I know she's an architect, but she is certainly an artist as well. I imagine getting her to spill all of her genius beans after about a bottle of wine, and I bet she's fun at a party.
Your worst habit? Not finding the time to keep in touch better with the people I love who live far away.
What's your favorite hidden gem at the Walters? The whole Asian collection is kind of hidden due to some wayfinding issues we're trying to work through, but once you get there, you'll find lots of wows. I especially like the samurai regalia.
Favorite/least favorite band? Talking Heads have been my favorite for as long as I can remember. My least favorite band is less clear because there are entire genres that I avoid, but I can say that I don't really understand the appeal of Modest Mouse.
Last video that made you snort with laughter? 1987 Crystal Light National Aerobics Championship. YouTube it.
TV shows you can't get enough of?"Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," and my newest favorite is"Game of Thrones."
Favorite book you recently read? "Just Kids" by Patti Smith.
Favorite place to get a drink? Every Friday evening, my friend and neighbor, Steve Baker, opens his art studio to friends and potential customers. There is usually a bottle of wine or two popped. Favorite thing about Baltimore? I love the ease at which people with different backgrounds and interests intermingle in Baltimore. Just within my close group of friends and neighbors there are PhDs and dropouts, Baltimore natives and people from across the country, first generation Americans, members of the LGBT community, white-, blue-, and pink-collar workers. There is no reason for life to ever feel mundane here.
AS TOLD TO JORDAN BARTELCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun