Ashley Lester

13524 Feather Sound Cir. W

Apt. 1511

Clearwater, FL, 33762

518.335.5392

ashleylester@mail.usf.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Research interests include sculpture, ceramics, mark making, appropriation, and inventions relating to rural America. 

 

EDUCATION

MFA Sculpture

University of South Florida

2020

BFA Sculpture

State University of New York at Plattsburgh 

2017

Certification SMAW Structural Steel Welding

American Welding Society

2015 - Present 

EMPLOYMENT 

Independent Contractor - English as a Second Language Teacher (virtual, ages 6-15)

2019 - Present

Studio Technician - Sculpture 

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

2016 - 2017​

Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project

Plattsburgh, NY

2015 - 2017

Art Instructor

Youth Advocacy Program

Plattsburgh, NY

2014 - 2016

TEACHING

Instructor of Record

Spring 2020

ART2701 - Beginning Sculpture

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

Instructor of Record

Fall 2019 

ART2701 - Beginning Sculpture

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

Instructor of Record

Spring 2019 

ART2701 - Beginning Sculpture

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

Instructor of Record

Fall 2018 

ART2701 - Beginning Sculpture

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

Teaching Assistant

Spring 2018 

Intermediate / Advanced Sculpture

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

Teaching Assistant

Fall 2017 

Intermediate / Advanced Sculpture

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

Teaching Assistant

Spring 2015

Beginning Sculpture

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS​

Fixin’ Stuff That Ain’t Broke, The Pet Shop, Omaha, Nebraska, May 2020

Battin' A 100, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida, April 2020

Food Fight, Carolyn Wilson Gallery, Tampa, Florida, February 2020

Phillip’s Head, Provo-Parker Gallery, Groton, Connecticut, January 2020

Stalls, Morean Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg, Florida, December 2019 

Osti, C’est Parfait!, L’Ecart Lieu D’art Actual, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, April 2019

Discount Crickets, Carolyn Wilson Gallery, Tampa, Florida, February 2019 

Enriched Gluten, (Curator), Atelier Hey Gallery, Tampa, Florida, January 2019 

Holoseksualni: Bum Bum, Spoldzielnia Ogniwo, Cracow, Poland, May 2018

Tailgate Projects: Salacious South, Art Basel (Satellite), Miami, Florida, December 2018

There From Here, Carolyn Wilson Gallery, Tampa, Florida, September 2018 

Tailgate Projects: Fandom, ART-ifact Gallery, Lakeland, Florida, May 2018 

Weird Science, The Waskowmium, Burlington, Vermont, May 2017

Showdown, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario, March 2017

Fungus, Strand Art Gallery, Plattsburgh, New York, January 2017 

Ox Bow, 30 City Gallery, Plattsburgh, New York, May 2016 

This is a Hold Up!, Ctrllab, Montreal, Quebec, May 2016

20,000 Volts, Myers Fine Arts Gallery, Plattsburgh, New York, May 2016 

Dirty Laundry, Myers Fine Arts Gallery, Plattsburgh, New York, March 2016 

BPM, Burke Gallery, Plattsburgh, New York, September 2015 

SASES, University Art Museum, Albany, New York, January 2013 

CrumbLicker, Rota Gallery, Plattsburgh, New York, March 2012 

Cactus Legs, Forrence Gallery, Cliff Haven, New York, December 2011 

 

AWARDS 

Carolyn M. Wilson Scholarship

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

2018

4 Years Tuition Waiver Scholarships

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

2017-2020

Tony Papa Scholarship in Art

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

2017

Nina Winkel Scholarship in Art

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

2016

Jane Prescott Rowlson Scholarship in Art

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

2015

PRESS

(print media including newspaper, magazine, exhibition catalog, and institution) 

Battin' A 100

Contemporary Art Museum

Tampa, FL

Exhibition Catalog

Tampa Bay Times

January 15, 2020

Tampa, FL

https://www.tampabay.com/arts-entertainment/arts/visual-arts/2020/01/15/environmental-art-exhibits-open-at-the-university-of-south-florida/

Gandy Dancer Literary Magazine,

Volume 5.2, Spring 2017,

SUNY Geneseo,

Geneseo, NY 

https://www.gandydancer.org/archives/vol-5-no-2/ 

SERVICE

Assistant to sculptor Cesar Cornejo

Creative Time

Miami, FL

November 2, 2018 

Arts Acquisitions Committee (Chair)

Student Association

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

January 2016 - January 2017 

Campus Arts Council (Chair)

Art Department

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

January 2016 - January 2017 

 

Art Administration Committee (Chair)

Art Department

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

January 2016 - January 2017 

 

Vice President of the Arts

Student Association

State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

January 2016 - January 2017 

Assistant to sculptor Alejandro Lacassie

Saranac Lake, NY

October 2015 

Assistant to sculptor Michael Corigliano

Peru, NY

April 2013 

INTERNSHIPS

Strand Center for the Arts

Assistant Museum Curator and Art Instructor 

Plattsburgh, NY 

March 1, 2014 - August 1, 2014 

WORKSHOPS

Hope Ginsburg: Land Dive

Tarpon Springs, FL

February 2020

Nick Cave & Bob Faust: Identity and the Art of Introduction

Tampa, FL

October 2019

Intercollegiate Iron Pour

Salem Art Works

Salem, NY 

October 2016

Intercollegiate Iron Pour

Salem Art Works

Salem, NY

September 2014

Intercollegiate Iron Pour

Salem Art Works

Salem, NY

September 2013