Avy Ashery was educated in fine arts at Temple University and in visual communications/Graphic design at the University of Tulsa with a BFA degree in 1966.
At the same time, he attended the Hebrew Institute of Pittsburgh and later Gratz Hebrew College in Philadelphia for his Jewish studies. He completed his U.S. Army service as an Army medic and later a Military Police officer in Washington, DC.. He started his art career as the Art Director of National Institute of Mental Health and later the Art Director of the Walter Reed Medical Center.
While living in Washington, he was asked to present his historical graphic, The Jewish Bicentennial Design to the White House in 1976 to be later placed in the Smithsonian Institution. A year later his illustration called “The Prayer” used to contact the Soviet Jewish refusenicks” was later banned from the USSR by the KGB when found in Anatoly Scharansky’s apartment.
Avy recently retired as the Visual Communications/Media Advisor to the U.S. Congress while teaching Jewish studies in the Washington area Jewish community. Avy Exhibits his nationally noted Judaic art throughout the American Jewish community while guest lecturing about “the state of Jewish culture in these days of cultural diversity” and “Advocating for Israel in the media to the American people – what are the problems?”